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SWEET BRIAR 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



F A L L 1 9 9 




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Dear Fellow Members of the Alumnae 
Association: 

Ann Morrison Reams, director of the 
Alumnae Association, has announced 
her plans to retire in June 1991. Ann has 
served us since 1967 when she joined 
the alumnae office staff, becoming 
director in 1974. Through the years, she 
has been the voice on the other end of 
the phone, the welcoming presence 
when we return to Sweet Briar and the 
organizer extraordinaire of alumnae 
events on and off campus. During Ann's 
tenure, the Alumnae Association has 
become recognized as the force behind 
recruitment, fund-raising and scholar- 
ships, while providing invaluable 
volunteer leadership at all levels for any 
and all endeavors. It is with great regret 
that we accept the fact that Ann will 
leave us. 

During the spring 1990 alumnae 
board meetings, the executive commit- 
tee of the Alumnae Association agreed 
to serve on a search committee for a 
new director, along with Aileen 
Laing '57, representing the faculty, and 
two members of the administrative staff. 
The search committee will receive 
applications directly from individuals 
interested in serving as director, as well 
as accept names of possible applicants 
from any alumna or interested person. 
The responsibilities and procedures of 
the committee have been developed in 
conjunction with President Hill, who will 
make the final choice from the recom- 
mended candidates. 

Applications, including a letter 
describing the applicant's interest in the 
position, a narrative of applicable 
experience and a formal resume, should 
be sent to the search committee in care 
of Mr. Thomas N. Connors (see below). 
Applications should be in the hands 
of the committee no later than 
November 20, 1990. A final decision 
will be made during February 1991. 

The director of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion must possess personal integrity, 
physical stamina, intelligence and wit 
and must have the adminisfrative ability, 
stature and communication skills to 
perform the following duties with 
enthusiasm: 

• Direct, coordinate and oversee all 



alumnae programs and events on 
and off campus. 

• Represent the alumnae and the 
College and articulate its mission to 
all constituents. 

• Serve as a member of the senior staff 
of tiie College, keeping the president 
advised of alumnae affairs and 
insuring cooperation between the 
alumnae and the departments of the 
College. 

•Lead and manage the activities of the 
alumnae office staff in support of 
association members, alumnae 
clubs and the board of the Alumnae 
Association. 

•Administer the finances, investments 
and budgets of the association. 

• Develop new programs as needed to 
encourage the involvement of all 
alumnae from all classes in the 
activities of the association and the 
College. 

Few colleges can boast of an alumnae 
group as devoted and dedicated as 
Sweet Briar's. It is essential that the 
director of the Alumnae Association 
believe in and support the mission of 
Sweet Briar as a top-ranking college for 
women. Because we feel that a respect 
for the traditions of the College is so 
important the search committee prefers 
to recommend graduates of Sweet Briar 
for the director's position. However, all 
qualified candidates will be considered. 

I thank all of you in advance for the 
careful consideration you will give the 
task of selecting a new director. The 
search committee looks forward to 
receiving your applications and your 
suggestions of names of possible 
applicants. 

Very truly yours. 



Nannette McBumey Crowdus '57 
President Alumnae Association 



Send replies to: 

Search Committee 
'^/o Thomas N. Connors 
V. P. and Treasurer 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595 



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SWEET BRIAR 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



FALL 1990 



V^OIlLcIltS Vol. 61, No. 1 

Fond Farewells and Au Revoirs: 

Tributes to Nenah Fry and the 1990 Faculty/Staff Retirees 2 

Commencement Honors 6 

Alumnae Daughters and Sisters in the Class of '90 7 

In the Spotlight 8 

Reunion '90 12 

by Cathy Cash Mays '84, Carole Gilkeson and Beth Gilkeson '94 

First Reunion of Dynamic Black Sweet Briar Women 19 

Catching the "Rhythm of Africa": Reunion and Discovery 20 

Mini Reunions 25 

Notices/Recent Deaths 26 

Club Comer 27 

Gifts From the Sweet Briar Book Shop 28 

Class Notes 32 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition inside back cover 

Cover Photo: Autumn View of Sweet Briar House 



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Fond farewells were exchanged at 
the end of the spring term as Nenah 
Fry, Sweet Briar's seventh president, 
prepared to step down from her post 

The board of directors and the Alum- 
nae Association board honored Dr. Fry 
with cocktails in the Pannell Art Gallery, 
followed by a black tie dinner in Prothro 
Commons, on Friday evening, April 27. 
Walter Brown, chairman of Sweet Briar's 
board of directors, began the many trib- 
utes by welcoming all the friends gath- 
ered together to honor "a great lady and 
a wonderful person," and noting that "we 
have much to be proud of in the reflec- 
tion of what Nenah has done for us and 
for Sweet Briar during her tenure." He 
continued: "We have had a number of 
excellent presidents... Nenah ranks with 
the very best Her many accomplish- 
ments begin with the academic program 
and include establishment of the Junior 
Year in Spain program, development of 
Asian and Latin American studies, rein- 
froduction of the Bachelor of Science 
degree and expansion of the Honors 
Program. Under her leadership we have 
formed new groups to raise matching 
funds from the National Endovraient for 
the Humanities and from the Kresge 
Foundation for support in the sciences. 
We have continued to experience record 
Annual Fund results, and a new capital 
fund drive is in the planning stage. And 
one only has to drive around the campus 
to see the effect of her interest in renew- 




Nannette McBurney Crowdus presents flowers to Nenah Elinor Fry during Reunion Convocation, Saturday, 
June 2, 1990. 



respect, and on behalf of the board, wish 
her the very best in her new endeavors." 

Speaking for the faculty, Milan 
Hapala, Carter Glass Professor of Gov- 
ernment, deemed President Fry "a mas- 
ter of language.. As a speaker she is 
unsurpassed. I listened to her many 
times wdth admiration and a littie envy 
mixed vrith anxiety, as I had to follow 
her on the speaker's platform, realizing 
that I could not match her eloquence... 
Nenah has stated the case for women's 
education...with rigorous logic, a grace- 
ful style of expression, and compelling 
clarity. No one...could escape her 
enthusiasm for the College and its mis- 



Fond Farewells and Au Revoirs: 

Tributes to Nenah Fry and the 1990 Faculty/Staff Retirees 



ing and preserving the splendid physical 
plant: the beautiful new Florence Elston 
Inn, the renovation of three dormitories 
(Grammer, Randolph, Carson), and the 
rebuilding of Hill House, which became 
the Admissions House.. Among the 
numerous legacies that Nenah Fry 
leaves wdth us is that difficult-to-define 
aura of dedication to the teaching of 
young women, and her unshrinking 
commitment to academic excellence. 
She has served the College and its con- 
stitiiencies faithfully and with an equa- 
nimity that has been exfraordinary. 1 
personally will remember her with great 



sion. All of us, faculty, students, parents, 
alumnae have been infected. She leaves 
to us the challenge of sustaining Sweet 
Briar as a special learning place where 
women's education is the first priority." 

Nannette McBumey Crowdus '57, 
president of the Alumnae Association, 
echoed Dr. Hapala, saying, "She has 
truly been the Voice of Sweet Briar to 
the outside world, and particularly to 
alumnae in cities all over the country, 
who have gathered to hear her informa- 
tive, articulate and moving messages 
from Sweet Briar... We heard about the 
goals and activities of the young women 



on campus and their roles and attain- 
ments on the larger stage off campus. 
We learned of grants won for excellence, 
the accomplishments of our faculty, the 
changes in bricks and mortar, curricu- 
lum, finances and social practices. Most 
important we learned that the things we 
as alumnae value the most have not 
changed. As they listened, the alumnae 
knew that Nenah Fry understood their 
devotion to the mission of Sweet Briar, 
as well as their devotion to the place 
itself. 

"It is the desire of the Alumnae Asso- 
ciation to provide the opportunity for 
Sweet Briar students to emulate Nenah 
Fry by learning to speak in public with 
precision, cogency and confidence so 
that as graduates they may personify the 
mission of Sweet Briar College. 

•THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN 
THAT...IN HONOR OF DR NENAH E. 
FRY, SEVENTH PRESIDENT OF 
SWEET BRL^ COLLEGE, AND IN 
RECOGNITION OF HER SUPERB 
SPEAKING ABILITY AND HER 
ELOQUENCE IN ARTICULATING 
AND SUPPORTING THE MISSION OF 
OUR COLLEGE, THE ALUMNAE 
ASSOCL\TION ESTABLISHES A 
FUND, TO UNDERWRITE A ONE- 
SEMESTER COURSE OFFERED IN 
ALTERNATE YEARS, TO BE KNOWN 
AS THE NENAH E. FRY LECTURE- 
SHIP IN PUBUC SPEAKING." 

Farewell, Nenah. Rosam Quae Meruit 
Ferat. 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



Milan Hapala: Forty Years as a 
Master Teacher, Distinguished 
Colleague and Excellent Friend 

ilan Hapala, Carter Glass 
Professor of Government retired 
from the Sweet Briar faculty this 
year. Bom and educated in 
Czechoslovakia, he came to Beloit 
College in Wisconsin in 1938 as an 
exchange student After his country was 
taken over by the Nazis in World War H, 
he remained here to earn his B A from 
Beloit and his MA from the University 
of Nebraska Professor Hapala became 
an American citizen in 1943 and served 
in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the 
war. Later he returned to his studies, 
earning the Ph.D. from Duke Univer- 
sity, where he met and married his wife, 
Adelaide. 

Arriving at Sweet Briar as a new 
instructor in government and econom- 
ics in 1947, he began a remarkably 
successful career. In 1967 he won Sweet 
Briar's Kampmann Award for Excel- 
lence in Teaching. In 1973 he was 
nationally honored as an Outstanding 
Educator of the Year, and in 1985 he 
was honored as the first recipient of 
Sweet Briar's Distinguished Teaching 
Award, which was established by the 
College's Student Govermnent Associa- 
tion. He is the recipient of many other 
awards and honors including the 



Distinguished Service Citation from 
Beloit His research grants include 
Fulbright Carnegie and Sweet Briar 
Faculty Fellowships. His scholarly 
interests are focused on two topics: 
Czechoslovakian politics between the 
two World Wars, and environmental 
policy in socialist countries. He has 
written articles on these subjects and is 
now working on a book. Professor 
Hapala was guest lecturer on the 
alumnae cruise on the Danube in June 
1986 and has spoken to Sweet Briar 
alumnae in cities around the country, 
including New York, Philadelphia, 
Atlanta, Richmond and Houston. 

When Milan Hapala came to Sweet 
Briar, he may not have intended to stay 
for over 40 years. However, stay he did, 
and while here he enriched the lives of 
countless students, parents and col- 
leagues. To honor his retirement and 
their commencement the Class of 1990 
invited him to deliver thefr commence- 
ment address. Athough Milan Hapala 
has officially retired, he will not soon be 
forgotten. He leaves his mark on our 
College and our lives and will long be 
remembered as a master teacher, a 
distinguished colleague, and an excel- 
lent friend. 

By Professor Kenneth Grimm, Chairman, 
Department of Government 




During the April 27 cocktail party in her honor, Nenah Fry chats with Jack and Dolly Nicholson Tate '38. 



Professor Ernest Edwards 

Professor Ernest ("Buck") Edwards 
retfred in June 1990 after teaching 
biology at Sweet Briar since 1965. 
Since 1977, he was the Dorys 
McConnell Duberg Professor of 
Ecology. A well-known ornithologist Dr. 
Edwards received his B A in biology 
from the University of Yirginia and his 
MA and Ph.D., both in ornithology, 
from Cornell University. He has pub- 
lished numerous books on birds, mostiy 
on bfrds of the tropics, and including the 
first single volume checklist of birds of 
the world ever published. 

Before joining the Sweet Briar 
faculty. Dr. Edwards was professor of 
biology and head of the biology depart- 
ment at the University of the Pacific for 
five years, two of them in Covell Col- 
lege, a Spanish-language "cluster 
college" in the university. Earlier, he 
taught at the University of Kentucky, 
served in the United States armed 
forces for three and a half years during 
World War II, and one and a half years 
during the Korean War, taught at 
Hanover College in Indiana, and spent 
three years as associate dfrector of the 
Houston Museum of Natural History. 
He has also been a nature photographer 
and lecturer for the National Audubon 
Society. A member of many ornithologi- 
cal and wildlife societies, he served for 
three years on the executive committee 
5 of the Virginia Society of Ornithology 
% and gave presentations to community 
^ groups including the Ljmchburg Bird 
5 Club. He taught an Elderhostel course 
I at Sweet Briar and summer courses in 
ornithology at Cornell. 

No one knows the Sweet Briar 
campus better than Dr. Edwards. He 
grew up here, one of the three sons of 
the late Dr. Preston Edwards who was 
professor of physics at Sweet Briar for 
many years. Ernest Edwards has written 
articles for the alumnae magazine on the 
ecology of the campus, the Carry Nature 
Sanctuary, and the College's Weber 
Bird and Mammal Collection. On 
campus, he is well known not only for 
his teaching but also for his perfor- 
mances, along with his wife, Mabel, in 
dance and rope-spinning skits in faculty 
shows. 



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The Edwardses will continue living 
on Woodland Road at Sweet Briar. Dr. 
Edwards will keep on with his writing 
and hopes to fit in several more visits to 
the tropics. He has traveled extensively 
in Australia and Afiica and led birding 
expeditions to Mexico and Central 
America But among Sweet Briar 
alumnae, his best-known expeditions 
are the Reunion early morning bird 
walks around campus which, we are 
delighted to hear, he will continue to 
give. 

Professor Maria Embeita 

Professor Maria Embeita has elected 
to take an early retirement 
Professor Embeita came to Sweet 
Briar in 1969 when she was 
appointed the Charles A. Dana Profes- 
sor of Spanish. She was among the first 
to be appointed to the then newly 
Introduced Dana professorships. Prior 
to coming to Sweet Briar, she taught at 
Vassar College and Northwestern 
University. At Sweet Briar, Professor 
Embeita served for many years as chair 
of the Spanish section of the Depart- 
ment of Modem Languages and became 
familiar to the large number of students 
who elect Spanish as the means of 
satisfying their language requirement 
She was an eager and enthusiastic 
teacher with an avid concern for her 
students' performance and well-being. 
As a long-term resident of the campus, 
she was also familiar to students and 
colleagues as a very regular attendee at 
guest lectures and cultural events. 
Professor Embeita is a dedicated and 
highly productive scholar who is among 
the most extensively published mem- 
bers of the Sweet Briar faculty. Her 
early retirement was primarily moti- 
vated by a desire to devote even more 
time to research and writing. In the 
academic year 1990-91 she will be 
serving her second appointment as 
Visiting Fellow at Yale University. After 
her year in New Haven, Professor 
Embeita plans on taking up residence in 
New York City and dividing her time 
between there and her home in Spain. 

By Reuben G. Miller, Charles A. Dana 
Professor of Economics and Chairman, 
Department of Economics 



Julia Jacobsen 

Julia Jacobsen, a 1945 graduate of 
Sweet Briar College, retired in Jime 
1990 from the part-time position of 
director of government relations 
and sponsored programs which she had 
held at Sweet Briar since 1968. She 
helped the College get grants fi-om both 
government and foundations and, 
largely thanks to her services. Sweet 
Briar has a remarkable record of grants. 
Julia spent several days a month on 
campus and the rest of her time in her 
office in Washington D.C. as director of 
the Association for Affiliated College 
and University Offices. This organiza- 
tion, which Julia co-founded, gives 
information and advice on government 
grants and regulations to Sweet Briar 
and 24 other colleges. 

Widely recognized as an authority on 
grant proposals, Julia has been quoted 
in The Chronicle of Higher Education 
and CASE Currents and has published 



Who's Who in the South and Southwest. A 
woman of many interests, her publica- 
tions include books on furniture 
finishing and needlepoint 

An art history major at Sweet Briar, 
Julia started her career as a commercial 
artist specializing in antiques restora- 
tion. In 1945 she married Lawrence 
Jacobsen and the couple had two 
children, John and Mary. Julia worked 
at Holton-Arms School in Washington, 
D.C. as a teacher and with alumnae and 
development programs. She also ran 
her own public relations firm which later 
merged with Edu-Tech. Inc. She was 
vice president of that organization and 
two subsidiary companies for five years 
before becoming coordinator of govern- 
ment relations for Sweet Briar, 
Lynchburg and Randolph-Macon 
Woman's Colleges. In 1978, that job 
developed into the cooperative 
Washington office that it is today. 

In addition to her energetic profes- 
sional schedule, Julia has served as a 




Party for Retirees at the Wailes Student Center, May 1990. L-r: Milan Hapala; Ernest Edwards; Julia 
Jacobsen; Nenah Fry; Maria Embeita; Jan Osinga; Charles Kestner; the late Dewey Johnson (see p. 26). 

numerous guidebooks, reports and 
articles. Her book, A Process for Develop- 
ment of Ideas (1984), which she 
co-authored with Jane C. Belcher, has 
been used as a textbook at several 
universities. She was appointed by the 
president of the United States to the 
National Advisory Council on Education 
Professions Development and served as 
its treasurer for three years. She is listed 
in Wto's Who of American Women and 



director of the Latin American Institute, 
the State Medical Care Advisory Board 
of the District of Columbia, Welfare of 
the Blind and the National Council of 
University Research Administrators. 
She is currentiy a director of the Society 
of Research Administrators and was 
recentiy elected chairman of the board 
of the College University Resource 
Institute. As president of the Visiting 
Nurse Association she was its spokes- 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



person when it was honored by Betty 
Ford at a ceremony at the White House 
in 1975. Julia has also been active in the 
Junior League of Washington, the 
National Society of Arts and Letters, and 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. 
Currendy, she is seving a fourth term on 
the town council of Bethany Beach, 
Delaware, where she and Jake have a 
second home. 

Jan Osinga 

Jan Osinga, form manager at Sweet 
Briar, will retire on December 31, 
1990. Mr. Osinga first came to the 
College as a herdsman in 1953, the 
year after he and his wife, Douwina, 
emigrated fi-om the Netherlands to the 
United States. After five years, the 
Osingas left for a similar job in 
Uniontown, PA, but they returned to 
Sweet Briar in 1961 and Mr. Osinga was 
promoted to his present position in 
1966. Under his supervision, the herd 
has grown fi-om 200 to 450 head of catde 
and the dairy produces 3 million lbs. of 
milk per year - some of which goes to 
supply the College. In 1961, Mr. Osinga 
produced the first yoghurt made in 
Virginia, and the dairy still provides the 
College with the famous Dutch yoghurt 
which generations of students have 
enjoyed. 

After attending an agricultural high 
school in Balk, Friesland, Mr. Osinga 
served in the Royal Netherlands Army 
in Indonesia from 194548. Returning to 
Holland, he entered an agricultural 
college at Sneek, from which he was 
graduated in 1950. In 1951, on an 
exchange program for young farmers 
under the Marshall Aid Plan, he worked 
in the U.S. on farms in Vermont and 
Pennsylvania and studied at Purdue 
University. 

Mr. Osinga is president of the 
American Dairy Association of the State 
of Virginia and has been a director of 
the Maryland-Yirginia Milk Producers 
Association for 20 years. He has been 
president of the Amherst County Farm 
Bureau and served on its board for 
many years; he was also president of the 
Dairy Herd Improvement Association of 
the Lynchburg area and of the Artificial 
Breeders Association of the Piedmont 



area. He is a past president and member 
of the Amherst-Monroe Ruritan club, 
and he and his family are active mem- 
bers of the Amherst Presbyterian 
Church, helping on many committees 
and in the choir. Douwina, his wife, has 
worked at his side and has served as 
farm secretary and bookkeeper. The 
couple has two daughters, both of 
whom graduated from Sweet Briar, 
Nelly in 1975 and leke in 1978, and a 
son, John, who graduated in dairy 
science fi-om VPI in 1980. Many alum- 
nae, while they were students, came to 
know the Osinga family. Mr. Osinga 
taught them how to milk cows and take 
care of calves and several students have 
gone to veterinary school because of his 
influence on their lives. 

Mr. and Mrs. Osinga will live on 
Waugh's Ferry Road, near the campus 
and enjoy their three grandchildren. Mr. 
Osinga, we are pleased to report, has 
agreed to help us make yoghurt and 
process our own milk for the next few 
years. 

Charles Kestner 

Charles ("Chuck") Kestner retired 
in June from the position of 
director of planning and con- 
struction at Sweet Briar. Since 
coming to the College in 1968, he has 
been in charge of all renovations and 
construction projects, as well as house- 
keeping and maintenance. The major 
projects in whose design and construc- 
tion he participated are Prothro 
Commons, the new Harriet Rogers 
Riding Center, Prothro Natatorium, the 
PanneU Arts Center, the Sweet Briar 
Museum, the Florence Elston Inn, the 
Electron Microscope Center in Guion, 
and the renovations of Hill House and 
Fletcher, and Randolph, Grammer and 
Carson dormitories. He also supervised 
the doubling of the College's electric 
power capacity. 

A registered Professional Engineer, 
Mr. Kestner earned his degree in civil 
engineering from Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute in 1950 following military 
service in World War H. Before coming 
to Sweet Briar, he was an engineer 
for the Portland Cement Association, 
plant engineer for Concrete Structures 



Inc., city engineer in Harrisonburg, VA, 
and assistant town engineer in Salem, 
VA 

Mr. Kestner and his wife, Bonnie, 
who is athletic director and associate 
professor of physical education at Sweet 
Briar, have two children, Wiley and 
Kristen. Mr. Kestner has two daughters 
by a former marriage, Mary Elizabeth, a 
Sweet Briar graduate from the class of 
1972, and Valerie, who graduated fi-om 
Longwood College. 

We are fortunate that Mr. Kestner 
has agreed to serve as a consultant to 
the College for the next few years. 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



Commencement Honors 



The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar 

Nancy Dodge Kershner, Sweet 
Briar, VA, the highest-ranking 
member of the Class of 1990. 

The Penelope Czarra Award 

LuAnn H. Hunt, Amherst, VA 
This award honors the senior 
who best combines scholastic 
achievement, student leadership 
and effective contributions to the 
quality of life at the College. 

The Connie M. Gulon Award 

Irfan Lorraine Kiratii, Baltimore, 
MD. This is given to a senior for 
her excellence as a member of 
the College. 

The Walker Family Award 

Suzanne Tamara Szak, 
Bolingbrook, IL This award 
honors a senior with high 
scholastic standing who has a 
cheerfiil, positive disposition and 
shows warmth, generosity and 
humility. 

The Marcia Capron Award 
for Excellence in French 

Jennifer Rachel Sullivan, Nitro, 
WV. 

The Maxine Garner Prize in 
Religion 

Kathleen Sue Sams, 
Morgantown, WV. 

The Lawrence Nelson Award 
for Excellence in English 

Nancy Dodge Kershner, Sweet 
Briar, VA. 

The Martha von Briesen Prize 
in Photography 

Catherine Mintz Wilson, 
Amherst, VA. 

The Wall Street Journal 
Achievement Award for 
Excellence in Economics 
Renee Merion, West Chester, PA. 

The Leigh Woolverton Prize 
for Excellence in the Visual Arts 

Sarah Penn Mcllheran, Fort 
Worth, TX. 



The Jean Bessellevre Boley 
Award 

Ruth Lucille Ewers, Wingina, 
VA This is awarded to the student submit- 
ting the best short story. 




Nancy Kershner 

Emilie Watts McVea Scholar 




LuAnn Hunt 

The Penelope Czarra Award 



Suzanne Tamara Szak 
The Walker Family Award 



The James Lewis Howe 
Award in Chemistry 

Claire Williams, Shreveport, LA 

L'Alliance Fran9aise de 
Lynchburg Award 

Maria Christine MariUey, 
Watertown, NY. 

The Helen K. Mull Graduate 
Fellowship in Psychology 

Eden Baer Zuckerman, 
Winchester, VA 

The Shakespeare Prize 

Kathleen Sue Sams, 
Morgantown, WV 

The Pauline Roberts Otis 
Award 

Tracey Anne Thomas, Lugoff, 
SC. This award is given to a 
Junior Year in France student 
in the senior class with the 
highest average. 

The American Bible Society 
Award for Excellence in the 
Study of New Testament 
Greek and Christian Ethics 

Pawla Michelle Tweedy- 
Hamlette, Madison Heights, 
VA 

The Academy of American 
Poets 

Laura Gredys, Dunwoody, 
GA Ruth Lucille Ewers, 
Wingina, VA Honorable 
Mention. 



Phi Beta Kappa 1990 

Members elected by the Theta of 
Virginia Cliapter from the Class of 
1990: 

Chiara Angela Ascari, 
Fredericksburg, VA 
Pattie Adams Booker, 
Gladstone, VA 
Mary Elizabeth Brodie, 
Richmond, VA 
Amy Elizabeth Burton, 
Burke, VA 

Jennifer Paula Gannon, 
Middleton, WI 
Laura Glenn Gredys, 
Dunwoody, GA 
Nancy Dodge Kershner, 
Sweet Briar, VA 
Caroline Taki Kinoshita, 
Kent, CT 

Elizabeth Powell Mason, Lexington, VA 
Victoria Dbde Matter, Baltimore, MD 




Irfan Kiratii 

The Connie M. Guion Award 




Thea Cecilie Michelet, Oslo, Norway 
Kathleen Sue Sams, Morgantown, WV 
Cecilia Laurie Schultz, Santa Barbara, CA 
Suzanne Tamara Szak, Bolingbrook, IL 
Catherine Mintz Wilson, Amherst, VA 

Summa Cum Laude 

Chiara Angela Ascari, Fredericksburg, VA 
Mary Elizabeth Brodie, Richmond, VA 
Nancy Dodge Kershner, Sweet Briar, VA 
Elizabeth Powell Mason, Lexington, VA 
Suzanne Tamara Szak, Bolingbrook, IL 
Catherine Mintz Wilson, Amherst, VA 

Magna Cum Laude 

Pattie Adams Booker, Gladstone, VA 
Amy Elizabeth Burton, Burke, VA 
Jennifer Paula Gannon, Middleton, Wl 
Laura Glenn Gredys, Dunwoody, GA 
LuAnn H. Hunt, Amherst, VA 
Caroline Taki Kinoshita, Kent, CT 
Kelleigh Anne Klym, Wmnipeg, Manitoba, 
Canada 

Victoria Dbde Matter, Baltimore, MD 
Thea Cecilie Michelet, Oslo, Norway 
Kathleen Sue Sams, Morgantown, WV 
Cecilia Laurie Schultz, Santa Barbara, CA 

Cum Laude 

Candace Sylvia Collins, Wauchula, FL 
Laurel Lea DeCaro Harvey, Georgetown, SC 
Kristen Diane Hofheimer, Virginia Beach, VA 
Kristy Lee Langdon, Ashland, KY 
Mary Allison Lea, Belleair, FL 
Debra Anne Lee, Lexington, SC 
Karen Ingrid Malmquist, Vestal, NY 
Renee Diane Merion, West Chester, PA 
Kristen Anne Rieder, Neenah, WI 
Virginia Parker Shultis, Whitehouse Station, NJ 
Linka Karen Weyrauch, Sutter Creek, CA 
Claire Michelle Williams, Shreveport, LA 
KeUy Elizabeth Wood, APO New York, NY 

The Honors Program 
Class of 1990 

Mary Elizabeth Brodie, Richmond, VA, 

Highest Honors in Latin 

Candace Sylvia Collins, Wauchula, FL, 

Highest Honors in Anthropology 

Rebecca Ann Finkbeiner, Little Rock, AR, 

Honors in Math 

Laura Glenn Gredys, Dunwoody, GA 

Honors in German 

LuAnn H. Hunt, Amherst, VA 

High Honors in Psychology 

Caroline Taki Kinoshita, Kent, CT, 

Highest Honors in English 

Karen Ingrid Malmquist, Vestal, NY, 

Highest Honors in Anthropology/Sociology 

Claire Michelle Williams, Shreveport, LA, 

Honors in English 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 




Seated, l-r Aubrey Adam '89; Gladden Adam '90; Kathryn Mendelson McDonald '60; Dolly Garcia '90. 
Standing, l-r Parker Shuttis '90; Abby Patterson Shultis '66; Parry Ellice Adam '62; Margaret Ross Ellice '34; 
Courtney McDonald '90; Dolly Caballero Garcia '67. 



Alumnae Daughters 
and Sisters in the 



Sisters Kate Hartman '90, Bliss Hartman Ross '87. 



Class of '90 



Photos by Robert Martin 




Dulcie Heintz Germond '62 and Amanda Germond '90. 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



IN THE SPOTLIGHT 



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Sally Shallenberger Brown '32 
and Sally Reahard '30 Win 
Oak Leaf Awards 



The Nature Conservancy is the 
largest environmental group in the 
country. Each year the conser- 
vancy acknowledges 
outstanding efforts of its 
members by presenting the 
Oak Leaf Awards which are 
symbolized by a green and 
gold lapel pin. hi 1989, 12 
Oak Leaf Awards were 
presented, five of them to 
women. Sweet Briar is proud 
to claim two of these 
recipients honored for their 
dedication to preserving the 
environment 

One of the winners is 
Sally Shallenberger Brown. 
"She helped establish the 
Kentucky Chapter and has been a 
leader and supporter of its programs for 
the past 15 years," reported the conser- 
vancy magazine. "She has obtained 
numerous corporate, foundation and 
individual gifts to support the 
Conservancy's programs. She served 
for three years on the national Board of 
Governors, where she chaired the 
Development Committee and helped 
launch the very successful Land 
Preservation Fund Campaign." (This 
campaign identifies lands and proper- 
ties that need to be preserved.) 

The Nature Conservancy is the latest 
in a series of national organizations to 
honor Sally. In 1982, Paul Pritchard, 
then head of the National Parks and 
Conservation Association, gave Sally the 
first certificate of appreciation ever given 
by that organization. "Mrs. Brown has 
done more than anyone in the country 
to promote conservation and preserva- 
tion of our great national parks system," 
he said, pointing especially to her work 
in Alaska and Red River Gorge. 

And in 1978, the Garden Club of 





Sally Shallenberger Brown 



America awarded Sally a Frances K 
Hutchinson Medal, stating, 'Through 
her vigorous and effective leadership in 
every area of conservation, Sally Brown 
has become a nationally knovm figure. 
At home, in Kentucky, she has rendered 
invaluable service to the cause of river 
protection...and land use and manage- 
ment She has not only educated 
Garden Club of 
America members but 
she has kindled the 
interest of business 
leaders and the 
general public to the 
crucial importance of 
conservation. On the 
national scene, Mrs. 
Brown has long been 
articulate on billboard 
control, strip mining 
and land reclamation." 
Sally is also a direc- 
tor of the Audubon 
Society, chair of the 
Kentucky Nature Preserves Commis- 
sion, and a board member of the 
national Trust for Public Land. 

"A concern for the environment has 
come naturally for her," reported the 
newspaper, Voice of St. Matthews, 
interviewing her when she 
was appointed to the Louis- 
ville, KY Planning Commis- 
sion in 1978. "Bom in Alaska 
and living much of her 
childhood in Vienna, she 
says she's always been an 
outdoors person. 'I rode as a 
small child, climbed the 
mountains of Austria I 
believe very strongly in the 
good effect time spent in 
nature has on the human 
spirit' " 

Sally is a farmer and 
raises beef cattie and 
thoroughbred horses. Her many- 
faceted interests include art "I still take 
my paints along when I go on a trip." 
After taking her degree in English fi-om 
SBC, and before her marriage to the late 



Sally Reahard 



W. L Lyons Brown in 1935, she studied 
painting at Chicago's Columbus School 
of Art, and at the Vienna Academy of 
Fine Arts. Sally's love of art and desire to 
share it with others have enriched 
immeasurably the lives of generations of 
Sweet Briar students. In 1954, as chair 
of the development committee of SBC's 
Boards of Overseers and Directors (the 
first alumna ever to head a board 
committee), she obtained a major grant 
to build the Babcock Fine Arts Center. 
The Shallenberger Art library, which 
was housed in the Center, was given by 
Sally and named for her father Martin 
Shallenberger, a general in the U. S. 
Army. When the art library moved to 
the newly renovated Anne Gary Pannell 
Center in 1985, Sally, who had served on 
Sweet Briar's board for most of Mrs. 
Pannell's presidency and who had been 
the latter's close friend, delivered the 
opening remarks at the dedication. 
Sally donated an extension to the art 
library, which was named for her 
mother, Ina D. Shallenberger. 

The Browns are among the closest 
members of the Sweet Briar family. 
Chairing the development committee on 
SBC's board of directors today, follow- 
ing in Sally's footsteps, is Alice Cary 
Farmer Brown '59, 
who is married to W. 
L. Lyons, Jr., one of 
Sally's three sons. 
Sally's daughter, Ina 
Hamilton Brown '67, 
and her niece, Laura 
Brovm Deters '63, are 
also alumnae. 

The FaaW Nature 
Conservancy Newslet- 
ter, Indiana Chapter, 
lauded Sally Reahard, 
Sweet Briar's other 
Oak Leaf Award 
winner. 
"By every measure, Sally has been a 
generous supporter and advisor to both 
the Indiana program and the 
Conservancy's national efforts. A life 
member and contributor to projects in 




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Virginia, South Carolina and Florida, as 
well as Indiana, Sally has been an 
important catalyst for many Conser- 
vancy undertakings, hi hidiana, she was 
instrumental in funding a cornerstone 
addition at Big Walnut Nature Preserve, 
one of hidiana's finest and largest 
natural areas. She advised the hidiana 
Field Office as it planned and imple- 
mented the innovative hidiana Natural 
Heritage Protection Campaign. Later, 
she provided major support for cam- 
paign projects at TTiousand Acre Woods, 
Tribbett Woods and Swamp Angel 
Nature Preserve. 

"We are delighted to recognize Sally 
for the major role she has played in the 
success of the hidiana program and, 
indeed, the entire organization. We 
extend a collective, sincere thanks to 
Sally for her many contributions and her 
treasured fiiendship." 

So do we, Sally! So do we. 



A Special Kind of Volunteer: 
Norma Bradley Arnold '44 

By Penn Willets Mullin '66 

The hours during an operation can 
be an agony for the family sitting 
in a hospital waiting room. No one 
tells you anything. You don't know how 
to get in touch with your doctor. You 
often feel alone, forgotten, and scared. 

But the University of Kentucky 
Hospital in Lexington has decided to 
meet this problem head-on. Thanks to 
kind, caring volunteers such as Norma 
Bradley Arnold '44, families in the 
waiting room can now be kept posted on 
how a loved one's operation is going, 
informed about when the patient has 
been taken to the Recovery Room, and 
given assistance in tracking down their 
doctor. 

A volunteer at the hospital for nearly 
10 years. Norma has enjoyed her job 
enormously. She knows she is really 
making a difference for the families she 
works with in the waiting room. Many of 
these families are from the mountains of 
Kentucky and are experiencing a big 
city hospital for the first time. Norma's 
warmth and gentieness help these 
people feel more comfortable and 




Norma Bradley Arnold at SBC Reunion '89 



relaxed as they wait for news about an 
operation. Sometimes she will explain to 
a family the basic procedures that occur 
during a normal operation. She will 
often go in search of a doctor for the 
family, and will do her best to find out 
how an operation is progressing. 
Making families' experiences in the 
waiting room as anxiety-fi-ee as possible 
is one of Norma's primary goals in her 
job. 

Norma is especially glad that her job 
allows her an opportunity to communi- 
cate to new interns the importance of 
coming out to talk with waiting family 
members. She reports that the doctors 
and other hospital staff members have 
expressed strong appreciation for her 
efforts in this area. This makes her feel 
great, but her biggest reward lies in 
feeling that she has made those hours of 
waiting less lonely and frightening for 
her families. 

"With this job, you get out of it what 
you put in. If s very self-satisfying," 
Norma says. But she is concerned that 
there are not yet enough volunteers for 
this special kind of job at the hospital. 
She worries about the days when she 
cannot be there and the waiting room is 
filled with anxious families. It is a 
problem for families waiting in hospitals 
all over America. And Norma wishes 
she could be there for all of them. 



A Gifted Writer Looks 
Harshly at Southern Society 

f By Wendy Smith 

TJtis review of Charley Bland, by Mary Lee 
Settle '40 appeared in the 11/19/89 
Cleveland Plain Dealer and is reprinted here 
with permission. Wendy Smith is a writer 
living in New York. Her book, Real life 
Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 
will be published by Alfred A Knopf in 
November. 

ary Lee Settle is, quite simply, one 
of our finest writers, a novelist 
whose work over 35 years gives 
the lie to facile generalizations about 
American authors' incapacity for sus- 
tained development and achievement 

The Beulah Quintet, her brilliant five- 
volume saga of West Virginia, ought to 
be spoken of in the same breath with 
TTze Great Gatsby as one of the quintes- 
sential examinations of the American 
experience, although Settie's tough- 
minded appraisal of the complex 
interweaving of economics, class and 
personal character in individual desti- 
nies otherwise has littie in common with 
Fitzgerald's romantic lyricism. 

Had she written nothing else, her 
position in our national literature would 
be secure. The addition of two fine 
expatriate novels with an international 
cast of characters {Blood Tie, which won 
the National Book Award in 1978, and 
Celebration) and a moving nonfiction 
memoir of her service in the British 
Women's Auxiliary Air Force (JUl the 
Brave Promises) marks her as a writer 
who refuses to be pigeonholed in a 
single neat category, who asserts her 
right to follow her muse wherever it 
takes her. 

Nonetheless, like all Southerners, 
Settie has a deep, unshakable connec- 
tion with the past as the crucible in 
which our present dilemmas were 
forged. In Charley Bland, she returns to 
the unnamed West Virginia town (not 
unlike her native Charleston) where 
much of the Beulah Quintet took place. 

Indeed, many of the characters 
appeared in The Killing Ground, the 
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himself played an offstage role in the 
novel's first section. His story, a searing 
expose of the cruelty of upper-class 
Southern life, is the focus of this new 
novel. 

The nameless narrator of Charley 
Bland, like her creator, escaped the 
proper life of a genteel Southern woman 
by running off to England, enlisting in 
the WAAF and remaining in Europe 
after the war. When she returns in 1960 
on her annual visit to "make my apolo- 
gies for having left home," her mother 
schemes to keep her there by setting 
her up with Charley Bland, the hand- 
some, no-account bachelor 10 years her 
senior who'd been the romantic idol of 
her childhood and adolescence. 



It isn't just Charley Bland's mother 
who hates her, she realizes; if s every- 
one who perceives that she might take 
fi-om them the feckless bachelor they 
love and condescend to. He's too weak 
to defy them, and she's slowly squeezed 
out of his life. 

Charley Bland displays all of Settle's 
enormous strengths as a writer: the 
beautiful sentences, each one charged 
with dense layers of meaning and 
emotion; the ruthless dissection of the 
vicious Southern society she detests yet 
can't break free of; the superb delinea- 
tion of character, with each individual 
flashing to life in a few well-chosen 
words. 

The novel suffers, unfortunately. 




The pair quickly begin a love affair, 
accepted at first by the town as one of 
Bland's many casual seductions. He is 
one of those sad, self-indulgent men 
ensnared in perpetual dependence by 
his domineering mother; he lives at 
home, free to drink and womanize 
without the boring restraints imposed 
by a job, in return for remaining the 
eternal son, forever at his mother's beck 
and call. 

The narrator, who'd intended a 
monthlong visit, stays six years, subject 
to increasing hostility as their affair 
threatens to become something more 
serious. She discovers that she can 
resume her place in the town's rigid 
hierarchy only if she becomes again a 
Southern girl who won't challenge the 
status quo. 



Mary Lee Settle '40 

fi-om a single major flaw: if s impossible 
for the reader to understand Charley 
Bland's appeal. As depicted, he's a 
cowardly wastrel who uses a woman 
who loves him and casts her aside when 
her presence becomes too disruptive to 
his comfortable imprisonment in 
privilege and irresponsibility. We feel 
the narrator's pain, but we can't share 
her love; he's simply unworthy of it 
Nonetheless, this is a thoughtful 
novel by a writer whose grasp of her 
craft and her subject matter grows surer 
every year. No admirer of Mary Lee 
Settie will want to miss it 



Debra Donigan Bullett : First 
Participant in Sweet Briar's 
Black Alumna Resident 
Program 



Those guys from MIT are great but 
you can't put them anywhere 
except in the lab," smiled Debra 
Donigan Bullett '81 during her lecture 
entitied 'The Liberal Arts in Engineer- 
ing" at Sweet Briar on February 23, 
1990. 

"Big technical companies love liberal 
arts majors," Debra told the students. 
"My company gives its liberal arts 
graduates technical training, just as it 
sends its engineers to develop 'people' 
skills in management courses." Debra 
works for the engineering firm TRW, 
writing computer programs that contain 
the instructions for flight simulators, x- 
ray machines, and other computerized 
devices. "At TRW, every engineer is 
paired with someone from a different 
background, for example, a religion 
major, so that the completed computer 
program reflects the ideas and concerns 
ofbotii." 

'Technical companies are 'picky" 
about the courses their liberal arts 
graduates have taken in college," Debra 
warned, "ff you want to work for such a 
company, try to include mathematics, 
physics, chemistry and writing courses, 
ff you want to work with computers, 
learn one computer language well." 

Debra's titie is "project engineer" but 
her degree from SBC is in mathematics. 
She is working on a masters degree in 
computer systems engineering at UVA, 
at the company's expense. 'TRW is an 
excellent company, supportive in every 
way," she observed. "I love my job and 
the work is varied and exciting. The 
hardest part is dealing with people. As a 
group task leader, I line up projects for 
everyone to do and that is very time 
consuming. I'm taking management 
courses to help me to check budgets as 
well as work with people." 

Although in appearance the epitome 
of corporate America in her crisp 
business suit, Debra told the students 
that she can wear blue jeans to work! 
'The atinosphere in the office is very 



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Debra Donigan Bullett '81 

relaxed, and except when we're holding 
briefings or meeting customers, we can 
wear whatever we like. TTie hours are 
flexible, too." 

The relaxed atmosphere offsets the 
tensions of the work itself. Most of 
Debra's work is classified, but she was 
able to tell us that she is working on a 
program for an airplane ejector seat 
"Knowing that lives can be lost if these 
systems don't work properly makes me 
very careful indeed," she said. "This isn't 
the kind of system, familiar to most of 
us, where, if one set of instructions 
doesn't work, we simply try another. 
With an ejection system, we have to iron 
out the bugs." 

One of the best students in the 
Amherst High School, Debra was 
accepted by all the top-notch large 
universities to which she had applied, 
including UVA and Duke, but chose 
Sweet Briar because of the enthusiastic 
report she had heard from an alumna 
"I forget her name now — she was an 
older alumna — ^but she even came and 
talked to my parents, and convinced all 
three of us of what a wonderful place 
Sweet Briar is," remembered Debra, 
whose sister Barbara '85 followed her 
to SBC. 

When she entered Sweet Briar in '77 
as one of only three black students, Debra 
at first found it "a litde difficult to relate 
to everyone. But then I realized that, in 
this environment, race was not an 
important factor. I was here to get an 



education and race never became an 
issue." 

At Sweet Briar, Debra found a 
mentor in mathematics professor Judy 
Elkins. "I didn't realize I Uked math until 
I took one of Dr. Elkins' courses...Dr. 
Elkins recognized my ability and 
encouraged me — indeed pushed me — 
to excel in math. If it hadn't been for 
her, I wouldn't be where I am today." 

To observe firsthand the problems 
she must solve on her computer screen, 
Debra travels a lot After busy trips, she 
enjoys coming home to Manassas, VA 
where she can see cows strolling 
around. 'They remind me of home, in 
Madison Heights. It is great to be able 
to work near Washington, yet live 20 
miles out and be in the sticks. Fortu- 
nately, my husband enjoys the country 
too." Debra is married to Robert Bullett, 
another computer expert 

Debra's advice to students was, 
"When you get into the working world, 
make a nuisance of yourselves. But do it 
in a nice way so that you don't irritate 
people! Sometimes new employees are 
bored in the first she weeks or so 
because no one has figured out what 
they should do. Don't just sit there and 
read manuals or fill out forms. Whether 
you're fuU-time or a summer intern, 
you've got to ask whaf s going on and 
where you can help. Find the opportuni- 
ties on your own." 

Debra spent several days on campus 
as the first participant in Sweet Briar's 
Black Alumna Resident Program. She 
extended her visit to stay for the First 
Reunion of Djnnamic Black Sweet Briar 
Women, February 24-25. (See p. 19.) 
To find out how to contact Debra, who is 
eager to help SB students and alumnae, 
call die Career Planning Office at SBC: 
804/381-6151. 



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eiinion: "Evenf doesn't come 
close to defining it Mere 
"Excitement" can't describe it, 
either Ebullience, Exuberance, 
Exhilaration, Elan..,Eloquence, 
Elegance, Extravaganza- 
Enthusiasm, Entertainment, 
Empathy;..they're all in there. 
And 1990 was the best yeL..a 
Revitalization Extraordinare! 




They came from afar: l-r, Mary Freese Cota '65, Mexico City; Alice Perry Parl( '65, 
Guatemala; Georgia Schley '80, London, England; Tinsley Place Lockhart '80, 
Scotland. Not pictured: Jane Tomlinson Myhre 'SO, Norway; Leigh Watkins 
Taylor '85, New Zealand. 



June 1-3 brought almost 
600 jubilant alumnae, hus- 
bands, friends and children to 
campus, many to stay in the 
refurbished, air-conditioned 
Grammer and Randolph 
dorms — talk about face-lifts! 
These two old friends have 
"changed a bit" — definitely 
for the better. 

Some reuners opted to sit 
under the trees or by the lake 
or in class hospitality rooms 
and commune quiedy. Others 
were up for three days of the 
nonstop activities planned for 
the energetic, from bird walks 



to health runs, riding, 
swimming, tennis and golf. 
There were Open Houses, an 
alumnae art exhibit in the 
gallery, a book exhibit of 
reuning authors in the library. 
Emily Hunter Slingluff '55, 
autographed copies of her 
book, A Present for the 
Newborn, in the Book Shop. 
Ann Marshall Whidey '47, 
Helen McMahon '23 and 
Jesse Cobum Laukhuff '33 
welcomed visitors to the 
Sweet Briar Museum. An 
excellent LIFETIMES 
program featured Mitzi Streit 



Halla '55, consultant. The 
Travel Group, Patti Powell 
Pusey '60, registered repre 
sentative, Connecticut Mutual 
Financial Services, and lillian 
Sinks '80, oncology nurse 
dealing with AIDS patients. 
Bus tours to the riding center 
and the VCCA were offered; 
walkers were invited to tour 
Sweet Briar House and the 
Admissions House. Alumnae 
College lectures were given 
by Milan Hapala, Carter Glass 
professor of government 
("Collapse of Communism in 
Eastern Europe") and Robin 
Davies, assistant professsor of 
biology ("Biological Haute 
Couture: How Will You Look 
In Designer Genes?"). 'The 
State of the College" was 
addressed by an adminisfra- 
live panel. Ann Tedards '70, 
opera singer, gave a beautiful 
concert and on Saturday 
night, music for listening/ 
dancing was provided by John 
McClenon's (professor of 
chemistry) Big Band 



"Cabaret" at the cocktail 
buffet, with reuning Sweet 
Tones singing at intermission. 

TTiere was a full program 
for alumnae children, infants 
to teenagers, and some of 
their parents didn't stop for 
breath between early break- 
fast in the Quad (6:00 a.m.) 
through the late night Bistro 
Bop. 

The Reverend Blair Both 
'65 delivered the Sunday 
chapel sermon and the 
weekend woimd down with 
luncheon in Prothro, moved 
from SB Gardens by threat of 
rain. But of course it didn't 
rain on the reunion parade. It 
was a weekend of sunny 
spirits. Rx for you: Be here for 
Reunion 1991! 



Photos by Aubrey Wiley except 
where noted. 



BYCATHYCASHMAYS'84, Director, Annual Fund, Sweet Briar 
College andCAROLEGILKESON, Assistant Director, Annual Fund, 
Sweet Briar College and BETH GILKESON '94 




Emily Hunter Slingluff '55 signs copies of her book as Suzanne Thomason 
Atkinson '45 looks on. 



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The Daisy Chain Association 

(Daisy Chain members are 
alumnae who return for Reunions 
beyond the 50th.) 

Thirty-three Daisy Chainers, 
four husbands and one friend, 
from the classes of '23, '25, '28, 
'29. '30, '31, '33, '34, '35 and '36, 
came back to the Patch, rarin' to 
go! 

Class of 1925 

The Class of 1925 was well rep- 
resented for its 65th Reunion by 
Deedie Kirkendall Barricks 
who, upon being applauded by 
the Reunion Convocation audi- 
ence, drew a second round of 
delighted applause by observ- 
ing: "I finally understand the 
hereafter; it's when I find myself 
somewhere and think, 'I'm in 
this room but I don't know what 
I'm here after!' " 

Class of 1930 

Twelve members of the 
Class of '30 extended greetings 
to the audience of "sprightly 
youngsters" from "us subdued 
oldsters." Who were they trying 
to kid? "Energetic, gregarious 
grown-ups" is closer to the 
mark. Apparently they haven't 
missed a beat since they formed 
a student bucket brigade to fight 
the fire at Sweet Briar House... 
and they wanted everyone to 
know that they invented the Dis- 
may Court. Under the leader- 
ship of Carolyn Martindale 
Blouin, they had 60% participa- 
tion toward the unrestricted 
60th Reunion Gift of $50,973, 
and announced a total gift 
(restricted and unrestricted 
funds) of $565,729 over a five- 
year period. 

"I Here's to 1930, All hail! All 
hail! All hail. All! There's noth- 
ing that they cannot do! Ji" 

New Class Officers: 

Katryne Blake Moore, President 

Emmy Riely Lemaire, Fund Agent 

Elizabeth Copeland Norfleet, 

Co-Secretary 

Betsy Williams Gilmore, 

Co-Secretary 




Deedie Kirkendall Barricks '25, Class 
Secretary, acknowledges applause at 
Reunion Convocation. 



Class of 1935 

Describing themselves as "a 
class of few words but great 
pride," 11 alumnae and 2 hus- 
bands, from CO, IN, PA, DE, 
MD, VA and NC gathered for 
the 55th to spend a weekend of 
fun and sharing. "Actually," they 
said (and proved it!), "the ripe 
old age of 75 is still very young." 
Certainly they had no problem 
vrith participation: out of 103 
members they reached a partici- 
pation rate of 63%, reporting a 
total Reunion Gift of restricted 
and unrestricted monies over a 
five-year period of $152,543. 

New Class Officers: 

Anne Baker Gerhart, President 
Lucy Hoblitzell, Fund Agent 
Mary V. Marks, Secretary 




Class of 1930: front row, l-r, Evelyn Ware Saunders; Katryne Blake Moore; 
Emilie Turner Cowling. Back row, l-r, Emmy RIely Lemaire; Elizabeth Cames; 
Carolyn Martindale Blouin, Fund Agent 




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Class of 1935: l-r, Lucy Hoblitzell, Reunion Gifts Chairman and Fund Agent; 
Mary Marks, Secretary; Frances Morrison Ruddell, Co-President 



Reunion W 



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Class of 1940, l-r Ruth Mealand Schwartz, Secretary; Clara Call Frazier, Co- 
President; Cornelia Chalkley Kittler, Fund Agent; Polly Boze Glascock, Reunion 
Gifts Chairman; Georgia Herbert Hart, Co-President. 



Class of 1940 

Forty-one alumnae and 24 
husbands rallied for a festive 
50th: Clara Call Frazier referred 
to the group as "ugly ducklings 
turned into silver swans" over 
the past half century, and 
outlined "the top 20 life savers," 
which included: Have faith; 
Think only on good things; Be 
humble; Keep trying; Luck 
favors the well prepared; Share; 
and A good life is to continue to 
grow. The vivacious silver 
swans walked off with the 
Nancy Dowd Burton Award 
(presented to the class raising 
the most unrestricted money in 
a Reunion year) by announcing 
a Reunion Gift of $108,272 
(unrestricted) , and a total gift 
(five years) of $190,276. 

New Class Officers: 

Emory Gill Williams, President 
Jane Bush Long, Vice President 
Betty Frantz Roberts, Fund Agent 
Ruth Mealand Schwartz, Secretary 



Class of 1945 

Twenty-nine alumnae and 14 
husbands arrived from 15 states 
for the 45th. Perk Traugott 
Brown spoke of her class's 
uniqueness: "Being here during 
World War II, with travel 
restricted, we were confined to 
the campus. We had to create 
our ovm entertainment We 
lived with the trauma of the war, 
plus the rarity of men on cam- 
pus. We stuck together as a 
class and we were bonded! This 
attachment is still evident" For 
Reunion, the class raised over 
$1 million — in 1945 $, that is. In 
1990 $, they gave $90,089.52, 
breaking all previous participa- 
tion records with 93%! This won 
them the Award for Class 
Participation in Reunion Giving 
for classes celebrating their 25th 
through 50th Reunions. 

New Class Officers: 

Elizabeth Zulich Reuter, President 

Jean Moores McCulloch, 

Fund Agent 

Harriet Willcox Gearhart, Secretary 



Perk Traugott Brown '45 carries away 
the Award for Class Participation. 




Clara Call Frazier, Co-President, accepts Nancy Dowd Burton Award for the 
Class of '40 at Convocation. 




Class of 1945, l-r: Anne Dickson Jordan, President; Helen Davis Wohlers, 
Secretary and Reunion Gifts Co-Chairman; Perk Traugott Brown, Reunion Gifts 
Co-Chairman; Anna Chidester Heywood, Fund Agent. 



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Class of 1950 

Reunion was graced with the 
presence of Garfield. No, not the 
cartoon character, but an 
"unrestricted" horse — definitely 
winner of the category for 
unusual gifts! SaUy Bianchi 
Foster reminisced about dorm 
life, Martha B. Lucas stories and 
the Dismay Court and read now- 
hilarious true/false questions 
from a '50s Student Hand- 
book — times have changed! 
Mim Wyse Unsky sang a song 
she wrote especially for 40th 
Reunion, to the tune of "IVIoon- 
light in Vermont" (See Class 
Notes, Winter '90). With 72% 
participation, the class, in 
addition to Garfield, brought a 
gift of $55,784.85. 

New Class Officers: 

Jean Probeck Wiant, President 
Jo Gulick Grant, Co-Fund Agent 
Ann Belser Asher, Co-Fund Agent 
Sally Bianchi Foster, Secretary 



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Class of 1955 

The Class of '55 announced at 
Convocation that it had received 
a letter saying: "DO NOT 
SING." We can't think why. 
Twenty-two alumnae and six 
husbands journeyed fi'om 10 
states to enjoy great fun, memo- 
ries, and pictures of grown 
children during their 35fh. In 
spite of many of them having 
children in college, they man- 
aged to reach 76% participation 
and to raise $28,000.78 

New Class Officers: 

Sexy Faxon Knowles, President 
Mitzi Strait Halla, Fund Agent 
Ginger Chamblin Green, Secretary 



Class of 1960 

Thirty years and prospering: 
Patti Powell Pusey assured us 
that, although they had lost 
their banner, they hadn't lost 
their gumption — and that we 
were looking at "a fabulous 
female network." Twenty-one 
alumnae and 13 husbands were 
on hand for all activities and, 
with 64% participation rate, 
brought a Reunion gift of 
$44,186.90. 

New Class Officers: 

Anita Perrin Grymes, President 
Margot A. McKee, Fund Agent 
Barbara Bowen Moore, Secretary 




Class of 1950, 1st row, l-r: Mary Dame Stubbs Broad, Reunion Gifts Co- 
Chairman; Pat Halloran Salvador!, President. 2nd row, l-r: Mary Morris Gamble 
Booth, Reunion Gifts Co-Chairman; Diana Dent, Secretary; Kay Leroy Wing, Co- 
Fund Agent. 




Class of '55, Reunion Convocation Skit 




Class of 1955, l-r: Tinker Beard, Secretary; Shirley Sutllff Cooper, President; 
Sue Lawton Mobley, Reunion Gifts Chairman and Fund Agent. 







The Class of 1960, l-r: Patti Powell Pusey, Reunion Gifts Co-Chairman; Sally 
Undertiill Vlauit, Secretary; Jane Ellis Covington, President. 



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Class of 1965 

Forty-three alumnae and four 
husbands made the 25th 
Reunion a great success. The 
class was an instant Convocation 
hit as they stood with their 
banner hanging upside down! 
They achieved a 65% participa- 
tion rate and a gift of $68,942. 
The class was proud to have 
class member Blair Both deliver 
the Reunion chapel sermon. 

New Class Officers: 

Whitney Jester Ranstrom, 

President 

Julie Bradshaw Sackett, 

Fund Agent 

Libba Hanger Luther, Secretary 



Class of 1970 

Money kept rolling in for 70; in 
fact, Kate Schlech announced 
that she "got handed a hot flash 
from the development office 
saying that the class had raised 
$31,233.77." This comment 
brought down the house. It was 
several moments before the 
audience was quiet enough for 
Kate to add the class participa- 
tion rate — 44%. Thirty-six alums 
and nine husbands did a lot of 
catching up. Peace and love, 
baby. 

New Class Officers: 

Marjorie Rebentisch McLemore, 

President 

Tracy Savage, Fund Agent 

Lawson Calhoun Kelly, Secretary 




The Class of 1965, l-n Alice Perry Parl<, Co-Fund Agent; Pryor Hale, Co- 
President; Mibs Sebring Raney, Co-President; Sally Wright Hyde, Secretary; 
Alice Mighell Foster, Reunion Gifts Co-Chairman; Elvira McMillan Tate, Reunion 
Gifts Co-Chairman. 




Class of 70, l-r: Nia Eldridge Eaton, Secretary; Kate Schlech, President 



Blair Bunting Both '40 and husband Richard pause with daughter, The 
Reverend Blair Both '65, following Reunion Sunday's Chapel Service, which 
Blair # 2 shared with SB's Chaplain Susan Lehman. 



Post-Convocation Alumnae Procession from Babcock to Prothro Commons . 



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Class of 1975, l-r Beverley Crispin Heffeman, Fund Agent and Reunion Gifts Co- 
Chairman; Gray Thomas Avery, President; Bet Bashinsky White, Reunion Gifts 
Co-Chairman. 



Class of '80, l-r Toni Santangelo Archibald, Reunion Gifts Co-Chalrman; 
Catherine Flaherty, President; Chariotte Gay Gerhardt, Fund Agent; Amy 
Campbell Lamphere, Reunion Gifts Co-Chainman. 



Class of 1975 

The 15th Reuners marched up 
on stage singing "We Won't 
Grow Up"; 45 alumnae and nine 
husbands were there to make 
the refusal to grow up. Lef s 
hope they keep this promise! 
Beverley Crispin Heffeman and 
Bet Bashinsky White recorded a 
46% participation rate and a 
$20,051 gift. 

New Class Officers: 

Maria Vonetes, President 

Bet Bashinsky White, Fund Agent 

Katharine Osborne, Secretary 



Class of 1980 

Fifty-three alumnae and 30 
husbands mustered for the 10th. 
No one could miss them at 
Convocation: they wore 
fluorescent sunglasses and sang 
an original song to the tune of 
the "Green Acres" TV show 
theme. With a 50% participation 
rate and a gift of $21,071.15, 
raised in memory of their late 
classmate, Gina Neilson, they 
won the Award for Class 
Participation in Reunion Giving 
for classes celebrating the 5th 
through 20th Reunions. 

New Class Officers: 

Amy Campbell Lamphere, 

President 

Lillian Sinks, Secretary 

Myth Monnich, Co-Fund Agent 

Megan Coffield Lyon, 

Co-Fund Agent 



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Class of 1985 

The Class of '85 was rather hard 
to miss, too. They wore bright 
yellow hats and Jeanie Guthans 
Wilkins drew groans from the 
audience by saying that the 
class was "feeling old because 
we're almost 30." Poor things! 
Along with a 32% participation 
rate, their gift was $7,743.69. 
Thirty-six "old" alumnae and 10 
husbands romped around 
campus in their yellow hats. 

New Class Officers: 

Dale Banfield, President 
Karia Kennedy Newman, 
Fund Agent 
El Hope Warner, Secretary 




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Galen Laserson (daughter of Fran 
Griffith Laserson 70) with babysitter 
Reneca Rose. 




Husbands enjoy Saturday Men's Lunch on Wailes Student Center Terrace. 




Class of '85, l-r Jeanie Guthans Wilkins, Ade Jones Voorhees '46, National 
President and Reunion Gifts Co-Chair- Reunion Gifts Chairman, at 
man; Whitney Machnik, Fund Agent. Convocation 



Sweet Tones in Reunion classes rehearse for Saturday Night Performance. 




The happy throng gathers for Reunion Convocation. 
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Saturday Morning Hayride for children attending Reunion. 

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The Unity Club is a student organization 
whicii promotes interraciai and intercoilegiate 
sociai, cultural and educational programs. It is 
a founding member of ttie Black Students 
Alliance of Central Virginia (BSACVA), spon- 
soring numerous campus events throughout 
the academic year. 

The Sweet Briar College Unity 
Club, under the leadership of 
President Chama Manning '90, 
sponsored the first two-day Con- 
ference of Dynamic Black Sweet 
Briar Women on Saturday and Sunday, 
February 24-25, 1990, in conjunction 
with Black History Month. Twenty 
alumnae from across the country, repre- 
senting the classes of 1968-1989, 
returned to campus for the conference 
events. Highlights of the program in- 
cluded the Saturday welcome and 
luncheon, an afternoon panel discussion 
(panelists were Dr. Marshalynn 
Yeargin-Msopp '68, Julia Carter '89, 
Sandra Taylor Craighead '74, Paula 
Lee '89, Patricia Pauling '86, Cee Cee 
Smith '77, lisa Redd-Toliver '86), 
Saturday evening's semi-formal dinner 
banquet in the Boxwood Room of the 
Wailes Student Center and the Sunday 
morning worship service in the Chapel, 
followed by a luncheon at the home of 
SBC's Chaplain Susan Lehman. Hie 
Sunday service featured the choir from 
The First Baptist Church in Lynchburg, 
asolobyMarshaTaylor-Delain'76 and 
closing prayer by Cecilia Moore '88. The 
offering was donated to the United Ne- 
gro College Fund. 

Saturday evening's dinner banquet, at 
which Sandra Taylor Craighead was 
keynote speaker, concluded with the 
presentation of the first Black Sweet 
Briar Woman of the Year Award. The 
recipient was Dr. Marshalynn Yeargin- 
Msopp, medical epidemiologist, 
Division of Birth Defects and Develop- 
mental Disabilities at the Centers for 
Disease Control in Atianta 

As she accepted her award, Mar- 
shalynn commented: "I knew I wanted 
to be a doctor by the time I was five. By 
seven or eight, I knew I wanted to be a 
baby doctor. I transferred to Sweet Briar 
for its outstanding science program and 
found another world, one of opportuni- 
ties. My Sweet Briar fiiends were 




Dynamic Trio: L-r, Sandra Taylor Craighead 74, keynote speaker for conference; Chama Manning '90, 
president of Unity Club '89- '90 and coordinator of conference; Or. Marshalynn Yeargin-Allsopp '68, first 
recipient of Black Sweet Briar Woman of the Year Award. 

First Annual Conference/Reunion of 
Dynamic Black Sweet Briar Women 



planning careers, traveling to Europe, 
going on to graduate school, and I 
wanted those opportunities in my life, 
too." 

Marshalynn, Sweet Briar's first black 
student, graduated PBK with a major in 
biology. She earned her M.D. degree 
fi-om Emory University in 1972. She did 
her internship and residency in 
pediatrics at Montefiore Hospital, 
Bronx, NY 1972-1975 and was a Fellow 
in The Care of TTie Handicapped Child 
atlTie Rose F. Kennedy Center of the 
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 
Bronx, NY. Currently, she is pioneering 
research in the causes of developmental 
disabilities, which affect about 10% of all 
school-age children in the United States. 
Recentiy she has served in related pro- 
fessional positions as medical director, 
Clayton County Early Intervention Pro- 
gram and Developmental Evaluation 
Team, Jonesboro, GA (1983-present) 
and as clinical assistant professor of 
community health, Emory University 
School of Medicine (1989-present). 



She served Sweet Briar as a member 
of die Board of Overseers (1981-1989). 
She was among the Outstanding Young 
Women in America in 1971 and 1982 
and was listed in Who's Who of American 
Women 1987-88 and Who's Who of 
Emerging Leaders 1987-88. 

Also a civic leader, Marshalynn was a 
member of the board of The Neighbor- 
hood Art Center (1983-1988) and is 
co-chair of The Prevention Education 
Subcommittee, Retarded Citizens At- 
lanta. She also serves the Atianta 
chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc; 
Atlanta Speech School Guild; board of 
trustees, Pace Academy; and Kiwanis 
International, Atianta. She is vice chair. 
Minority Atianta Families in Indepen- 
dent Schools and board of directors 
member and chair. Professional 
Advisory Committee, REACH, Inc., 
Cerebral Palsy Center, Atianta. 

Married to a doctor, Marshalynn has 
a daughter and son. 

Congratulations to our first Black 
Sweet Briar Woman of the Year! 



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REUNION & 
DISCOVERY 




Outside the Gorilla Rain Forest Santuary, Zaire. 1 st row l-r, Ann Scott, Claire Cannon Christoplier, Tracl(er, 
Teddy Hill Washer. 2nd row l-r, Tracker, Jane Ellis Covington, Liz Few Penfield, two Trackers. 



Reunions can happen anywhere. This com- 
posite journal was written by four alumnae who 
reconnected on the continent of Africa, after not 
seeing one another for 30 years! 

Odds are you've never heard of towns 
named Cyangugu, Bukavu and Lamu; even 
their countries, Rwanda, Zaire and Kenya, 
may not be on your ordinary itinerary, but they 
now are familiar ports of call to alumnae 
Claire Cannon Christopher '58 and Jane Ellis 
Covington '60. The expertise and companion- 
ship of Teddy Hill Washer '60 and Liz Few 
Penfield '60, who run a safari consulting busi- 
ness, turned dreams of an African journey into 
vivid reality and high adventure. Along with 
Dot Poston (R-MWC '58) and Ann Scott 
(Holton Arms), two brave and trusting friends. 



the four reuning SBC-ers spent two weeks ex- 
ploring the wilds of East Africa and found, after 
all the laughs, gourmet food and excitement 
(sometimes bordering on terror) that they had 
gained a real sense of East Africa. 

Claire and Jane wanted to see gorillas, get a 
taste of old-style tenting, and explore the ancient 
coastal city-state of Lamu. They also wanted 
plenty of exercise. Teddy and Liz took this 
hodgepodge of ideas, added some of their own to 
create a unique itinerary and decided to go 
along for most of the trip: gorilla tracking in 
Zaire, staying at a farm on the edge of the 
Masai Mara, tenting at the foot of Mt. 
Kilimanjaro and renting a house complete with 
staff on Lamu Island. 



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Our first stop, a wonderful 
respite after a journey 
halfway around the world, 
was the Nairobi home of a 
longtime Kenya resident, a 
delightful woman who 
became our friend as well as 
hostess. (Her husband had 
been killed by Idi Amin's 
terrorist supporters while traveling with 
a friend who was on Amin's hit list; a 
bomb, placed in the head of a stuffed 
gazelle smuggled onto the friend's 
plane, exploded in flight from Kampala 
to Nairobi.) 

Her home was surrounded by 
beautiful gardens of orange, pink, 
lavender and white bougainvillea, 
poinsettia frees, sfrange cacti, dozens of 
orchids, huge dahlias, and many 
unfamiliar flowers. A gracious hostess, 
she showed us the Nairobi she shared 
with her fiiends. 

Daphne Sheldrick, widow of Tsavo 
Park warden David Sheldrick, wel- 
comed us to the animal orphanage she 
made famous. Susie Huxley (Elspeth's 
niece) infroduced us to two special 
animals: Olmeg, a two-year-old elephant, 
orphaned at two or three weeks old, the 
youngest elephant ever to be hand- 
reared, and Dika, a two-year-old rhino 
who, like Olmeg, had been orphaned by 
poachers. Both were baby-sat by a very 
maternal sheep and carefully tended by 
their keepers, who reared them on a 
formula Daphne invented — the first to 
keep such young animals alive. 

After an afternoon walk in Langatta, 
the neighborhood where we were 
staying, we drove through Nairobi 
National Park to watch the sun set over 
a herd of giraffe. Our visits to the 
orphanage and game park set the pace 
for the leisurely and private way we 
viewed animals for the rest of our trip. 
Most people come to East Africa to 
see animals, but because walking in 
game parks is prohibited, exercise may 
be limited to lurching from park to park 
in minibuses or jolting over roads fit 
only for four-wheel-drive vehicles. Our 
itinerary dictated lots of walking — 
sfrolling among lilac breasted rollers, 
weaver bfrds and kingfishers on the 
border of Tsavo West National Park 
(topped by cocktails at the foot of ML 




Kilimanjaro); hiking tin edge ot 

Masai Mara Reservt with 

elephants and impai.i 

(ending with tea an 1 

honey cake overlook 

ing the Loita Plains) 

slugging through ram 

forest in Zafre's 

Kahuzi-Biega 

National Park in 

search of gorillas 

No one hurried 

us. No matter 

where we 

were, we 

could take 

our time, 

spend an hour 

to watch two 

lionesses and thefr cubs oi sit 

by a pond to observ< <i iu)is\ li\ mg i all 

of hippos — all without tlic JisU acuun ul 

minibuses. 

While we each recall images of 
animals that stand out in our minds, 
each image unique, we all agree: the 
gorillas were special. To see them, we 
flew to Kigali, capital of Rwanda; from 
there our guide drove us south, then 
west to Cyangugu on the shores of Lake 
Kivu, on Zaire's border. The Cyangugu 
and Zaire hotels, though clean and 
serving good food, bear no resemblance 
to most contemporary hotels. One of 
our Cyangugu rooms was like a leftover 
set from an Italian movie, the kind that 
has an interrogation scene in a huge, 
sparsely-furnished chamber. Adding to 
the surreal ambiance was a color 
scheme a la Dali: lime green on one 
brick wall, stark picture windows on two 
others (overlooking, respectively, a 
parking lot and the sfreet) , and lavender 
doors. By the bed stood a floor lamp 
that could have lighted a set or ex- 
fracted a confession — a tower of twisted 
steel, sprouting metal-lidded lamps at 
odd angles. In the Zaire rooms, we 
concenfrated on the view of Lake Kivu 
from the balcony to blot out the shat- 
tered telephone wires adangle, muddy 
bathwater and Salvation Army furniture. 

All of these peculiarities faded with 
our first gorilla sighting. After an hour 
or so of suspense, climbing and sliding 
over a path hacked by our frackers, 
Mushimuka, the dominant male 



group B, 

one of the •■ ■ j; 
three groups habituated to humans, 
greeted us with a scream, followed 
quickly by a mock charge and chest- 
thumping. We were in Kahuzi-Biega 
Park, 40 minutes from Bukavu. Our 
climb, starting at 7,300 feet, was sfraight 
up, leaving most of us breathless even 
before we saw the gorillas. Mushimuka 
easily established his dominance over 
us as we assumed the "submissive 
position": crouching with eyes averted 
and head lowered. As guides hacked 
away underbrush and vines, we became 
aware of about 20 other members of the 
family group, sitting or lying on the 
ground, climbing and swinging from 
frees, eating leaves, nursing babies — all 
busy and alert. 

These were Eastern Lowland 
gorillas, found from eastern 
Zafre to western Uganda and 
Rwanda. Massive, heavy, 
solid, they have muscular 
arms longer than their short, 
thick legs. Males, reaching 5' 
3/4" in height, weigh up to 
450 lbs; females, at 5' weigh 
250 lbs. Thefr short, rough, glossy fur is 
the color of polished ebony. At age 10 
the male develops a silvery gray saddle 
on his back and is ready to become the 
dominant silverback of his family group. 
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Buddha, a bom philosopher resigned to 
all the silliness of the world around him. 
His head was huge, long from back to 
front, with heavy brows setting off the 
intelligence and sadness of his eyes. He 
was definitely in charge. 

One female regarded us from her 
nest, munching leaves contentedly, then 
rolled over on her mat of fronds, 
benignly happy. Another large female, 
sitting in the fork of a tree, took a small 
branch, stripped it of leaves by passing 
her giant hand along its length and lifted 
the resulting bouquet to her lips. Having 
eaten the leaves, she put one end of the 
branch in her mouth and drew it 
through her teeth, neatly skiiming off 
the bark to eat After about an hour the 
silverback became anxious and got 
between us and a female nursing her 
newborn who showed intense curiosity 
about us, straining from its mother's 
arms for a peek. Once the silverback 
was wary, we had to leave our gorilla 
family. 

alking through the rain forest 
and driving through Rwanda 
gave us one perspective, 
flying another, enabling us to 
see the broad outlines of 
Rwanda, Zaire and Kenya side 
by side with the smaU details. 
All made us appreciate the 
problems created by over- 
population, erratic rainfall and erosion, 
hi Rwanda, the most densely populated 
country in Afiica, our drive wound 
through hills terraced for tea, 
coffee, cassava, com, ba- 
nanas. What little there is of 
the valley floor resembles 
graves of giants — raised 
rectangular plots sur- 
rounded by ditches to 
drain off equatorial rains. 
Houses perched high on 
hillsides are made of 
mud bricks, 
roofed with red 
tile. Around 
them the earth 
is grass or 
vine-covered, 
and houses, 
roads, paths 
teem with 
people, men 

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dressed in western clothes, women 
wrapped in fraditional multicolored 
prints. Littie of what was rain forest is 
left, only those regions too high, too 
steep for agriculture. 

Zaire confrasts radically. Crossing 
the border from Cyangugu to Bukavu, 
what was green becomes brown. 
Erosion eats at the hiUsides. Houses are 
wood slat or mud rising out of mud 
streets, mud walks. The people look 
poorer, more shabbily dressed; cars are 
seen infrequentiy. To call Zaire an 
economic nightmare is an understate- 
ment Only 15% of the population is 
literate, production has yet to equal 
preindependence levels and inflation 
soars, hi 1982, a dollar was worth 5.75 
zafres; by 1985 the rate was 47.2 zaires. 
In resources, Zaire is one of Afiica's 
richest nations, boasting large reserves 
of copper, tin, silver, gold, uranium, 
cobalt..yet erosion, deforestation, and 
the soil depletion that threatens the 
whole country are glaringly apparent 
Just before the gate to the Kahuzi-Biega 
National Park is an ominous glimpse of 
what may be the future: a field of beans 
dotted with stubs of tree trunks, an 
ecological cemetery. For the time being 
the park remains as Adrien Deschriever, 
its main protector, wished: a haven for 
gorillas, a natural habitat within which 
they can be observed. Elsewhere the 
population encroaches on the rain 
forest 

Population problems also haunt 
Kenya, whose growth rate, the highest 
in Afiica, threatens its relative 
prosperity. Nowhere are these 
problems more apparent than in 
Nairobi where a five-year-old boy, 
barefoot and clothed in grime, 
begs money for shoes outside 
Barclays Bank, and a man whose 
stick legs bespeak exfreme 
'^>^i^==-^ calcium deficiency 

sits passively by 
tiie 

entrance of 
Alan 

Bobbe's, a 
world- 
class 
French 
restaurant 
Since 60% of 



Kenya's people are under age 20 (1979 
census), its problems with overcrowd- 
ing, hunger and housing are just 
beginning. Arable land is scarce in 
Kenya, forcing 75% of its people to live 
on 10% of the land. Beyond the immedi- 
ate perimeter of thriving dovmtovra 
Nairobi, slums pack thousands in mud 
and squalor. 

Such contrasts abound in Kenya. The 
boundaries for Tsavo National Park, for 
instance, were determined by the 
barrenness of the land, an area which 
held no tribal claims, no arable soil. Yet 
animals thrive there, hi recent years, the 
once abundant herds of elephant and 
large numbers of rhino were badly 
poached. However, the govemment's 
shoot-on-sight policy is working. The 
game is increasing, as we could see 
from the herds of plains game just 
beyond our West Tsavo campsite. 

Camping in the traditional style gave 
us a special appreciation of the area's 
flora and fauna. With the Chyulu Hills 
on one side and Mount Kilimanjaro on 
the other, our tents were set among 
huge fig frees and tamarinds growing 
above an underground river. At night 
Masai warriors armed with spears 
pafrolled the campsite while bush 
babies howled and shrieked overhead 
and hyenas whooped in the distance. 
Our guide, the son of a famous profes- 
sional hunter, grew up as familiar with 
the ways of the bush as we are with the 
ABCs. Dedicated to maintaining the 
safari standards set by the grand old 
hunters, he taught us names of animals 
and birds, and how to spot their fracks 
and habitats. During the day, we 
followed him on walks to spring-fed 
ponds where hippos wallowed, gmnted 
and blew spumes of water into the air. 
We retumed to camp through parklike 
grassy savannas ringed by umbrella 
acacias and lacy yellow fever frees that 
gave way to arid sfretches pocked by 
volcanic rocks. Not far away young 
Masai boys herded their families' hump- 
backed cattie, driving them down dusty 
paths to the ancient wells where 
generations of cattie have watered. To 
the Masai, cattie are banks on the hoof, 
providing food, drink and status. All 
cattie, according to Masai fradition, 
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to them by God...a belief which has 
justified their cattle raiding for centuries. 
Now the days of war and cattle stealing 
are over, though other ancient ways of 
life persist 

Farther west and north, above the 
plains of the Masai Mara, the 
styles of the Masai villages, their 
manyattas and enkangs (family 
compounds), change, reflecting 
the proximity of other tribes and 
intermarriage with the Kipsigis, 
Nandi and Kikuyu. Here the flat 
roofs are thatched, though the 
huts are still made of mud, and tangles 
of thorn brush still encircle the family 
enclaves, at night keeping catde within 
and lions without 

Nearby, close to the forest, lie the 
bomas of the Wandorobo, who the 
Masai call "Those Without Cattle." 
According to Masai legend, the 
Wandorobo were the first people to own 
cattle, but lost them through careless- 
ness and since then have had to hunt 
game. The forest is the Wandorobo's 
traditional home, hunting and honey- 
gathering their professions. Even today 
they use the limbs of candelabra trees to 
establish beehives. These are not your 
common garden flower bees, but the 
African killer variety whose honey is as 
similar to our domestic kind as dyna- 
mite to a firecracker. Amber-colored, 
sweet-sour, it enlivened our toast every 
morning. 

In the days when the Mombasa- 
Kisimiu train was delayed with some 
regularity by the whims of wandering 
rhinos, the Wandorobo were famous 
hunters whose poison-tipped arrows 
provided food and ammunition against 
other tribes. Once roving forest people, 
they have settied into small family 
groups in high-roofed mud and watfle 
houses influenced by the style of the 
neighboring Kipsigis. While we saw the 
old way of life in the elders' elongated 
earlobes, simple blankets, snuff horns 
and spears, we noted the younger 
generation sporting T-shirts and dream- 
ing of higher education and city life. 

If old and new collide in the 
Wandorobo community, they blend in 
the farm where we stayed, run by a 
third-generation Kenya family whose 
African ties go back to colonial times 




and who are actively 
involved in preserv- 
ing the Masai's 
tribal lands and 
Masai Mara 
Reserve. By day 
our host kept us 
busy with game 
drives and foot 
safaris through 
the Mara, by 
night with 
stories of the old 
Kenya his father 
knew when he 
was establishing 
game parks in 
Kenya and 
Uganda He and his 
wife and sbc-year-old 
daughter (our 
resident ornithologist) 
made us feel completely 
welcome in their home — 
where modem amenities 
exist bush-fashion. Electricity 
comes from a generator; commu- 
nication is by radio. The thatched 
roof of the main house rests on timbers 
as tall as the forest could afford, the 
walls are white-washed mud. Beyond 
the thatch-covered veranda, geese and 
chickens invade flower beds; in the dry 
season, elephants tank up at the pond 
100 yards from the house. But we were 
here at the end of the rainy season, and 
the immediate wildlife was a pet 
mongoose who waged war against 
nasturtium seeds and stole cigarettes. 
We heard but did not see a flying shrew 
that lives in the ceiling of one of the 
guest rondevals which, like the main 
house, have mud walls and thatched 
roofs. 

n entirely different type of 
architecture abounds on the 
Kenyan coast, the best 
examples found on the Lamu 
Archipelago where buildings 
reflect the ancient Persian, 
Arab and Swahili traditions. In 
Lamu Town, the sights, 
smells, sounds are those of 
100, 500, 1,000 years ago when tiie 
wealthy Persian-Arab Zinj Empire 
dominated the city-states along the 
coast, where gold-embroidered clothes 




ivory- 
rosewood 
beds were 
commonplace. The 
15th-century Omani fort 
in the middle of town conjures images of 
coastal wars with neighboring sultan- 
ates and the cruel years of Portuguese 
rule when the fort served as a prison, of 
times when sultans ruled the island, 
when Lamu was a crucial port on the 
Indian Ocean's gold, ivory and spice 
trade route. Tlien as now, ocean-going 
dhows and coastal jahazis graced the 
waters, the design of thefr hulls identify- 
ing the villages they came from. Now as 
then, water provides the only "road" to 
the island and, once there, travel is only 
possible by foot or donkey. (The island's 
one car belongs to the district commis- 
sioner, no bicycles are allowed.) Lamu 
Town's streets are donkey-load-wide, 
and Usita wa Mui ("the Town Way," 
main thoroughfare) , winds and twists 
among the coral and lime or cut stone 
houses, so narrow in spots that just two 
people can pass abreast At its widest, a 
pedestrian must duck into a doorway if a 
donkey saddled with sacks of grain 
passes. 

A 40-minute walk along the coast 
from Lamu Town brought us to Shela, 
and another drastic change in architec- 



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ture. Cool, Moorish crenelated walls rise 
above and protect 17th-century white 
stone and lime mansions. Our rental 
house was one of these, recendy 
reclaimed from ruin and restored. The 
open-arched lower rooms look onto a 
high-walled patio; a patio staircase leads 
to the second floor terrace and bed- 
rooms and the oj)en rooftop terrace 
above. All evoke the exotic lives that 
once were lived here. We shared that 
kind of life for a few days — days of fresh 
crab and fruit served by a barefoot 
Swahili houseboy, nights of slow- 
moving overhead fans and billowing 
mosquito nets. Throughout the day, 
chanted Muslim calls to prayer from 
nearby mosques underscored what was 
already foreign. 

The stark confrast between the old 
elegance of our house and the surround- 
ing thatch-roofed, crumbling-walled huts 
added an uneasiness to the atmosphere, 
but it is an uneasiness that has existed 
for centuries. 

ith senses overloaded and 
ininds overcrowded, we 
returned to Nairobi, a city that 
only a few weeks before had 
seemed frightening, sfrange. 
Now it seemed familiar. While 
Kenya is 
third 
country, 
even highways 
kets as we know 
foreignness lies 
in its pace, its smells, 
its dirt, its problems. 
But we know its potential. 
We see energy in the crowds 
in Nairobi and friendliness 
and optimism in the Kenya 
people, both black and 
white. The Kenya govern- 
ment is addressing the 
problems that most 
seriously affect the people 
and the land: overpopula- 
tion, soil depletion, 
poaching. Richard 
Leakey, the world's 
leading paleontologist, 
has been named 
director of wildlife. 
He has declared all- 
out war on 



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poachers who threaten elephant and 
rhinoceros populations. (Update: That 
was June 1989. Now Kenya is in the 
midst of political turmoil. President Moi 
is hying to secure oneparty rule against 
proponents of a multi-party system — all 
of this happening against a background 
of ancient tribal rivalries.) 

At the beginning of our trip, Nairobi 
had felt alien in every sense. But having 
emerged from the bush and the coast, 
we were at home. We had acquired a 
framework of East African history and 
culture and a nascent understanding of 
Kenya's people. We knew the jolt a 
primitive society experiences when it is 
jettisoned into the 20th century. Nairobi 
with its confrasts and paradoxes — its 
charm and its hustie, its beauty and 
squalor, wealth and poverty, 
its people black and white — ^fits into the 
overall picture. Nairobi now made 
sense. Our return there, our return to 
contemporary Kenya, gave perfect 
closure to our adventure back into time. 





B R I 



L L E G E 



Mini Reunions 



Why wait five years for the Big One to recur? Whaf s 
more important than touching base with lifelong 
friends? Do it now! 



This idea seems to be 
growing, judging from tidbits 
of news coming into tlie 
alumnae office. Last fall, for 
instance, Louise Smith Barry 
'44 sent out a letter to class- 
mates after she and two other 
members of '44 had attended 
Alumnae Council meetings at 
SBC: "We had such a won- 
derful time together. We 
decided 1994 is too long to 
wait for another class 



reunion. Friends from 
Princeton and Dartmouth 
have mini reunions — so why 
not Sweet Briar? Our first will 
be in Williamsburg May 1-2, 
1990. We hope you like our 
idea and will join us there." 
Louise organized, reserved 
rooms and made plans for 
the three-day, two-night visit; 
16 members of the class 
enjoyed "a spectacular time 
at mini reunion # 1." 




Above: Class of 1944 mini reunion In Williamsburg. 1st row, l-r: Norma Bradley 
Arnold, Versailles, KY; Pliyllis Tenney Dowd, Reston, VA; Anita Lippitt Clay, 
Savannah, GA; Betty Farinholt Cockrill, Haymarket, VA; Peggy Gordon Seller, 
Riclimond, VA. 2nd row, l-r: Elizabeth Williams Gookin, Middleburg, VA; Louise 
Smith Barry, Locust Valley, NY; Alice Lancaster Buck, Marshall, VA; Catherine Tift 
Porter, Atlanta, GA; Ellen Boyd Duval Miller, Beaverdam, VA; Sydney Holmes Bales, 
Locust Valley, NY; Paulett Long Taggart, Winchester, MA; Carlisle Morrissett 
Branch, Richmond, VA; Ginny Noyes Pillsbury, Mequon, Wl; Carol Myers Hunter, 
Newport, News, VA. Not pictured: Helen Gravatt Watt, Lexington, VA. 




Class of '24 mini reunion, l-r: 
Bemlce Hulburd Wain; Eleanor 
Hamed Arp; Caroline Flynn Eley. 



March 9, 1990, a mini 
reunion was held at the 
Naples, FL home of 
Eleanor Hamed Arp '24. 
Caroline Flynn Eley '24 
came in from Fort 
Lauderdale and Bemice 
Hulburd Wain '24 from 
Bradenton, FL. "It was 
wonderful!" 





A mini 25th reunion was 
staged in Hillsborough, NC 
in 1989. 



Left: Picture from the 1964 yearbook 
of six seniors who met weekly at 
Boxwood inn for "Women's Lunch," a 
good-natured rival group to the male 
faculty's quasi-institutional weekly 
"Men's Lunch" shown in the 
background. 

Above: A reenactment of "Women's 
Lunch," held at Elizabeth Matheson's 
house in Hillsborough, NC in July '89! 
l-r (In the same places as 25 years 
before): Elizabeth Matheson; Jackie 
Nicholson Wysong, Washington, D.C.; 
Helen Dunn, NYC; Linda Long Curran, 
Washington, D.C.; Sarah Strother 
King, Holland; Kathie Arnold Reed, 
Santa Fe, NM. 



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NOTICES 




SUPPORT SWEET BRIAR 

through the purchase and use 

of a Sweet Briar Alumnae 

sticker designed and sold by 

members of the Class of 1 982 

to benefit its Class Reunion 

Gift to the College. 

Stickers purchased through 

the mail cost $3/one, $5/two. 

Please make checks payable 

to Brianna Boswell Brown. 

Send orders to: Alumnae 

Stickers 4427 Springside Lane 

Dallas, TX 75214 



"Red Letter Days: A Survey 
of 18th & 19th Century British 
Sporting Art" 

Sweet Briar College Anne Gary 
Pannell Center Gallery 
November 9, 1990-February 10, 1991 
Opening Reception: November 9, 
5:00- 7:00 P.M. 




An exhibition of paintings and 
prints from the Yale Center for 
British Art, the Virginia Museum of 
Fine Arts, Sweet Briar College 
Collection, and private collections. 

Illustrated: A 1794 Stipple 
engraving by George Townley 
Stubbs (1756-1815) after a painting, 
Sweetbrier, by his father George 
Stubbs (1724-1806). Gift of the 1982- 
83 Student Riding Council. 
Accession number 1983.1 



Recent Deaths 

Mrs. Kash LaFon 

(Feme Kash AC) 

July 21, 1990 
Mrs. Benjamin Wailes 

(Bertha Pfister '17) 

July 15, 1990 
Mrs. W. Sprague Eddy 

(Elizabeth Madson 18) 

June 2, 1990 
Mrs. Hobart Hanf 

(NeU Eikelman '19) 

date unknown 
Mrs. Gordon Kyle 

(Emma Lawson Adams '21) 

May 8, 1990 
Mrs. Carl R Harris 

(Elizabeth Canady '22) 

April 13, 1990 
Mrs. WilUam H. Steeble 

(Louisa Newkirk '23) 

July 21, 1990 
Mrs. Silas Creech 

(Elizabeth Anne Marston '30) 

February 14, 1990 
Mrs. Joseph T. Higgins 

(Virginia Jemison '32) 

July 17, 1990 
Mrs. Anne Lemmon Johnson 

(Anne Lemmon '37) 

May 18, 1990 
Mrs. Henry R Lee 

(Wilma Emma Zeisler '41) 

date unknown 
Mrs. Byron H. Leonard, Jr. 

(Martha BronsonTitterington '46) 

date unknown 
Mrs. Richard Cutter 

(Susan Anne Hartwell '60) 

April 24, 1990 
Ms. Vicki S. Dickinson 

(Vicki Marie Sams '76) 

June 1990 
Miss Nancy Margaret Loeffler '82 

May 1990 



Bertha Pfister Wailes '17 
1895-1990 

The Sweet Briar community was 
greatly saddened at the July 15, 
1990 death of Bertha Pfister Wailes, 
alumna and former Sweet Briar fac- 
ulty member. She had been a resi- 
dent in the Drinkard Medical Cen- 
ter at Westminster-Canterbury of 
Lynchburg for 10 years. 

Mrs. Wailes was bom in Zurich, 
Switzerland; later, as an Amherst 
County resident, she may have 
been the only student who traveled 
to and from the College on horse- 
back for four years. She wore a di- 
vided skirt which she converted 
into a plain skirt to be properly clad 




Bertha Pfister Wailes 

for her daily schedule. She was the 
wife of the late Benjamin M. Wailes 
of Amherst. 

Mrs. Wailes received the MA 
from the University of Virginia in 
1928. A member of the Sweet Briar 
faculty for over 40 years, she was 
associated with the College during 
the tenures of five of its eight presi- 
dents. She taught German and insti- 
tuted the first sociology course. 

She was a past chairman of the 
Virginia State advisory committee of 
the Farm Security Administration, 
past president of the Virginia Fed- 
eration of Home Demonstration 
Clubs, a member of the Board of 
Visitors of UVA fi-om 1944 to 1954 
and the advisory committee of the 
School of Nursing of the UVA Hos- 
pital from 1947 to 1954. She is sur- 
vived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. I. Paul 
Wailes, Sr., and a number of nieces 
and nephews. 

Memorial contributions to 
Sweet Briar College may be made 
to the Bertha Pfister Wailes Schol- 
arship for Amherst and Nelson 
County students or the Amherst 
County Ben and Bertha Wailes 
Scholarship for training primarily in 
a health-related profession. 



Dewey Johnson: 
Member of a Sweet Briar 
Dynasty 

Dewey Johnson, who was to re- 
tire from Sweet Briar on October 
31, 1990, after 40 years of service, 
drowned in a fishing accident in the 
Mt San Angelo lake on July 5. He 
began work at the College after hav- 
ing served in the U.S. Army during 
World War II. He was on the beach- 
head at Normandy on D-Day, for 
which he received the Purple Heart 
and other medals. In a recent inter- 
view for the College's faculty-staff 
newsletter, he recalled, "My mother 



stiU has them. I haven't seen them 
since. I don't like to talk about it 
much. I was 18 years old and I was 
scared." 

He remembered his introduc- 
tion to Sweet Briar as being a bit 
tamer: "The first job I did at Sweet 
Briar was to chop up a snake. This 
big old moccasin was just about on 
top of me, and I killed it before it 
got me." 

It was natural that Dewey 
Johnson would come to work at 
Sweet Briar: his family is a veritable 
Sweet Briar dynasty. His father. 
Early Johnson, worked for the Col- 
lege as did his mother, Daisy John- 
son, his six brothers and four 
sisters. Today the dynasty includes 
Dewey's wife, Emma, his brother, a 
sister, a cousin and a brother-in-law. 

For his first five years, he 
worked all over campus, then 
moved to the physical education 
department, where he stayed for 
over 30 years. "I kept after the 
playing fields, the tennis courts, I 
cut horse riding trails," he recalled. 
Most recently he served in the 
housekeeping department He had 
fond memories of Sweet Briar 
students over the years, especially 




Dewey Johnson 

the ones he went to get in the 
middle of the night at the Sweet 
Briar train station, which, until 
1974, was located across U.S. 29 
from the campus. 

He will be remembered as much 
for his moonlighting work as for his 
regular job. About 30 years ago he 
started a moving business, to move 
faculty and staff in and out of the 
College. "I've moved them as far 
north as Maine, Vermont, New 
York, and as far south as South 
Carolina and Tennessee," he said. "I 
loved traveling." 

Dewey Johnson had his own 
idea about how he'd like to be re- 
membered: "Just as I am, nothing 



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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



else. I try to be kind to everybody, 
have a joke with them. I feel kind of 
like the preacher, preaching a 
funeral, who says. The life you live 
is the only one you can be remem- 
bered by. Nobody can take any- 
thing away from you, nobody can 
give you what you didn't earn.' " 
Sweet Briar will miss him. 



Keene Claggett Brown 
1928-1990 

Sweet Briar College and the 
community of Amherst mourn the 
loss of a great-hearted friend, Keene 
Brown. Former editor oiAmkerst 
New Era-Progress and vice president 
of Amherst Publishing Company, 
Inc., he died at his home, Buffalo 
River Ranch in Amherst, on March 
23, 1990. A longtime friend to Sweet 
Briar, Mr. Brown was a member of 
the Board of Overseers from 1969 
until 1975. While on the board, he 
was a valued member of the natural 
resources, development and stu- 
dent affafrs committees. 

Keene Brown was a remarkable 
individual whose intelligence, social 
conscience and sense of humor 
were not clouded by physical dis- 
ability. After completing his fresh- 
man year at Princeton, he suffered a 
severe automobile accident in 1947, 
and was rendered permanently 
disabled as a result Mr. Brown 
graduated from Columbia Univer- 
sity in 1962 and moved to Buffalo 
River Ranch soon thereafter. 

A civic leader, he was instru- 
mental in founding Winton Country 
Club and served on its board of 
directors. He also served on the 
vestry of Ascension Episcopal 
Church and took an active part in 
other civic clubs in Amherst 



Cfiristmas = 
Uon't^orget! 



CLUB CORNER 




1st row, l-r, Amy Boyce Osaki '83; Jacque Penny Goldstone 71; Laurel 
Nanke 73. 2nd row, l-r, Marcy Staley Marks; Mary Danford 73. 

Above: Gathered for the December, 1989 Sweet Briar Day 
celebration at the home of Marcy Staley Marks '51 are 
PORTLAND, OR club members. 




L-r, Mary Begg '94 with her mother, Mrs. Charles Begg. 

The DETROIT CLUB participated in Old Dominion Day 
June 10, 1990. 



The Friends of the Library 
thanl< the AMHERST/ 
NELSON SWEET BRIAR 
Club, the CHARLOTTE, 
NC Club and the 
HOUSTON Club for 
supporting memberships 
in 1989-90. 

The Friends of Art thank 
the AMHERST/NELSON 
SWEET BRIAR Club for a 
supporting membership in 
1989-90. 

The Sweet Briar library 
and the arts need more 
club Friends. Please 
consider club member- 
ships for 1990-91. 



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The Sweet Briar Rose is the symbol 
and the namesake of the College. We are 
pleased to offer a dish that faithfully 
reproduces the Sweet Briar Rose. This dish 
is crafted by Salt Marsh Pottery, which 
specializes in wildflowers. The dish is oval 
shaped (5"x6"), and may also be hung on 
the wall. $22.00. 



SWEATSHIKrS 

A Champion Crewneck Sweatshirt, 95% cotton, 5% acrylic, 9 oz. 
fabric, dark green/white, M, L, XL, $22.95. 

B. SBC's No. 1 choice. Champion Premium Weight Reverse Weave 
Sweatshirt. 90% cotton, 10% acrylic, gray/navy, green/white, navy/ 
white, gray/green, M, L, XL, $38.50.* 

Sweet Briar Youth Crewneck Sweatshirt (not shown), same design 
as A with seal, gray/green, navy/white, S (ages 6^), M (ages 10-12), 
L (ages 14-16), ^i5.95. 

Children's Clothing, please phone for information, (804) 381-6106. 

* Please indicate second color choice when ordering. 



Thanks to the following alumnae who are modeling the Sweet Briar 
sweatshirts and T-shirts:Teresa Witt Aagard '87, technical director at the 
College computer center; Sara Crickenberger Brady '76, who moved 
with her family to campus this summer when her husband, Gordon, was 
appointed associate professor of environmental studies at Sweet Briar; 
Carter Hunter Hopkins '68, director of career planning and the LIFE- 
TIMES center at the College; and Cathy Cash Mays '84, director of 
Sweet Briar's annual fund. 



Sweet Briar 
Class Ring, 

natural finish seal 
etched in stone that 
matches class 
colors, (green, blue, 
purple, black). 
UK Gold $204.00, 
lOKGold $168.00. 



Information required: 
ring size, year of 
graduation. 3 initials to 
be engraved inside ring. 




Sweet Briar 
Watch, West 

German Quartz 
Movement, college 
seal in green, one 
year warranty, 
leather strap, 
$79.50 





Heavyweight Canvas Tore Bag, very sturdy, nylon handles, outside pocket, Sweet 
Briar College embroidered on outside. Large size, 12"xl8", cotton canvas, natural/green 
nylon & embroidery, $15.95. Medium size, ll"xl3", cotton canvas, natural/navy nylon & 
embroidery, $14.95. 

Sweet Briar Neckite, woven of 100% silk especially for the College. Navy blue 
background, Sweet Briar seal, and pinstripes of pink and green, $29.50. 

Sweet Briar PennAOT, dark green/white, 24" long, $4.50. 

Sweet Briar Banner with seal, dark green/white, 17"x36", $11.95 (not pictured). 

Sweet Briar Towels, white/green, heavy weight cotton. 
Hand, 16"x26", $7.95. Bath, 25"x43", $12.50. Beach, 29"x66", $19.95 

Pewier Christmas Tree Ornament, $7.00. 



Sweet Briar Wall Clock. These 
handsome clocks are handmade by a local 
craftsman and his son. Each clock face is 
first printed as a photo of the Sweet Briar 
quad, then screen printed with the dial and 
finally mounted on matboard. Each frame is 
assembled fi-om a unique molding pattern 
and has a durable finish. The clock features 
a battery quartz movement which is 
accurate to within 15 seconds per month. 
(AA battery included). Available in black 
matte or natural wood finish, $34.50. 





Pewier Bck, seal on lid, 2 1/2" wide, $20.00. 

Sweet Briar Grain Cup, white/pink 
and green, set of six, $6.00. 

Note Cube, green Sweet Briar seal on four 
sides, four inches square, $5.95. 

Brass Key Chain, $4.95. 

Playing Cards, double deck, white and 
green/gold Sweet Briar seal, $11.50. 



f^',- ■'■.i-'"i^-9}-^ 



Coffee Mug, 

white with four 
color Sweet Briar 
seal, $9.95. 

Fraiernhy Mug, 

white with four 
color Sweet Briar 
seal, $14.95. 

Coffee Mug, 
pink with green 
seal, set of four, 
$18.50. 





Sweet Briar Seal 

Needlepoint Kit, 18"xl8", $37.00. 
Cross Stitch Kit, 6"x8 'A", $14.00. 



Sweet Briar Rocker, $199.50 

(Motor Freight) $65.00 

Sweet Briar Director's Chair, green 
canvas with white seal or blue canvas with 
white seal, $65.00 (Freight $10.00). 

Sweet Briar Armchair, black with 
cherry arms, $225.00 (UPS $20.00). 



Sweet Briar T-Shirts 

A. 100% cotton shirt by Velva Sheen, white/green, gray /green, M, L, 
XL, $13.50.* 

B. T-Shirt with seal by Champion, 100% cotton, white/green, silver 
gray/green, tea rose/white, jade/white, M, L, XL, $12.95.* 

C. T-Shirt mth seal, by Campus Park, 100% cotton, dark green/ 
white, S,M,L, XL, ^W. 95. 

* Please indicate second color choice when ordering. 





Hi Ball Glass, (12 oz.), set of six, $22.50 

Wine Gl\ss, set of six, $30.50. 

Double Old-Fashioned Glass, (15 oz.), set of six, $22.50. 

i;^ Pewier Jefferson Cup, engraved Sweet Briar seal, $15.00. 

Wooden 'Diay, Sweet Briar seal laser-etched in center, 11" x 17", 
$32.00. 

Wooden Coasters, set of four, Sweet Briar seal laser-etched on 
<.K\esoi holder. $20.00. 




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Celebrate Sweet Briar's National 
Championship Riding Program! In com- 
petition with the University of Virginia, 
Stanford, and other colleges and universi- 
ties large and small, Sweet Briar won the 
National Intercollegiate Riding Champion- 
ship again in 1990. Sweet Briar has won this 
contest 8 out of the 13 years since its incep- 
tion! These beautiful riding T-shirts and 
sweatshirts fleft) .which portray the team 
on the back in five colors (red, green, brown, 
black, fawn), will appeal to all friends of 
Sweet Briar, both "horsey" and "non-horsey." 



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A National Riding Championship T-Shut, 
100% cotton, white with "Sweet Briar 
Riding" m green on front and five color 
imprint on back, M, L, XL, $13.50. 

B. National Riding Championship Sweat- 
shirt, 50% cotton, 50% polyester, same 
design as T-Shirt described above, M, L, XL, 
$27.50. 

C. Sweet Briar T-Shirt with pocket, white/ 
green and red miprint on fi^ont pocket and 
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SWEET 
BRIAR 

COLLEGE 




1914 



Letter received by Ann Marshall 
Whitley '47. 10/26/89 from Marjorie 
French Nevens'U: 

Dear friends in the Sweet Briar 
Alumnae- 

When the magazine came this 
morning with Daisy's picture looking at 
me (Fall 1989 issue) it brought back so 
many happy memories of what Sweet 
Briar meant to me, which was so much 
in so many ways. My daughter Barbara 
Young says I'm the oldest living 
alumna. Well maybe I am at 98. (Ed. 
Note: Frances Murrell Rickards '10 was 
1 02 on January 20, 1 990). I was a 
country girl from upstate Mew York 
and it was all a real experience — and 
in those happy years I learned so 
much I needed to. 

College presidents and teachers 
were so much more than that in those 
days. They were your friends, always 
there to listen to you. Dear Miss 
Benedict and Connie Guion taught me 
so much about learning and not 
wasting our opportunities. 

I was so happy to have two 
daughters go to Sweet Briar — 
Barbara (Nevens Young), Class of 
1941 and Marjorie Jane (Nevens 
Rackett), Class of 1947. She passed 
away at 58 of cancer as did my only 
son at the same age.,.l have in my 
heart a very dear spot that is my love 
for Sweet Briar and what it meant to 
me to be able to spend two years 
there. 

At 98 I am happy to be able to 
spend my summers in Remsen and my 
winters with my eldest daughter 
Eleanor in Allen Park, Ml. My family 
own a cottage five minutes from my 
home and are there often. Ten 
grandchildren and 14 greats all of 
whom I'm very proud. I'm still able to 
walk with a cane and enjoy living, I see 
dear Betty Doucett (Neill '41 ) and Jack 
almost every year and some other of 
Barbara's Sweet Briar friends. 

I often wish I might once again see 
Sweet Briar but I hope for the 



continued success and (that) your 
choice of a new leader proves to be 
successful and that she finds a little 
place in her heart to. ..pass on to 
students the spark of closeness and 
friendship that was so much a part of 
my life there. 

With much love, 

Majorie Nevens 

PS. Hope some of you will be able 
to read at least part of all this I have 
written — I wish as I write I might 
again have one of those lovely thin 
bread and butter slices the Walkers 
used to give us at tea when we walked 
there each Monday. 



1921 



Secretary 

Florence Ives Hathaway (Mrs Lloyd 

A), 32 Prince Street, Needham, MA 

02192 

When you consider that all those 
who responded to the call for news are 
at least 90, the result was gratifying. 
We are still "a husky bunch," The 
replies came quickly. Mary McLemore 
Matthews is still living in her own 
home in Norfolk, VA "alive and 
kicking." Elizabeth Shoop Dixon is in a 
nursing home. Box 67, Court, VA. They 
have lunch together occasionally with 
an assist from their daughters. Shelly 
Rouse Aagesen places all the blame 
for their not getting to Sweet Briar 
recently, on her husband's mugging 
over a year ago and a slow recupera- 
tion. He says he is "hot to trot" but she 
doesn't trust him to behave with all the 
girls and besides "the weather is 
unpredictable." Our teenage Gertrude 
Anderson boasts of how she does all 
her housework, drives, and keeps fit by 
walking every day. Her home is in 
Findlay, OH. Nellie McCaa Cole writes 
a cheery letter about her move to 
Shreveport, LA from VA, to be with her 
son. She stayed after her husband's 
death, her son's wife's death and his 



remarriage. Her sister who also 
graduated in '19 from Sweet Briar 
College is coming to visit her for 3 
weeks and she is happy about that. 
She has 3 "grands" and 2 "great 
grands". Edith - we called her Betty, 
Morris is our energetic telegraph 
operator who writes that she lives 
permanently in FL and loves it. She is 
planting citrus to take the place of fruit 
she lost through frost. Gertrude Pauly 
Crawford from Grosse Point, Ml 
announces, unashamedly, that she is 
running around the country visiting 
family and friends. I'm sure she brings 
lots of joy wherever she goes. Keep it 
up! 

Summer '89 was a joy for me. The 
trip to college could not have been 
more pleasurable. Because I was the 
oldest returning alumna, I was 
pampered with a bed with bath in Meta 
Glass, next to the dining hall and in the 
center of the campus. The weather was 
superb, the welcome sincere and the 
activities delighttul. The speeches by 
the faculty filled me with pride, my 
alma mater was developing with leaps 
and bounds Edith Durrell Marshall's 
daughter, Ann Whitley, has done a 
splendid job renovating Sweet Briar 
House and an amazingly fascinating 
piece of work in housing the college's 
collection of historical artifacts. Pride 
goeth before a fall. Our unseen black 
cat was at my heels as I removed food 
from the refrigerator. I fell over 
backwards and fractured my pelvis. 
That was 6 months ago and I'm finally 
able to perambulate with a cane. Thus 
endeth the Tail. I've enjoyed talking 
with you. 



1925 



Secretary and Fund Agent 
Cordelia (Deedie) Kirkendall 
Barricks, 100 Bay Place, Apt 2101, 
Oakland, CA 94610 

I'll start with my news, as I await 
your responses. I wrote our news in 
mid-April 1989. That month I went to 
see Dr. Shumway at Stanford. I 
received a discouraging report about 
my heart so decided to have the aortic 
valve replaced by a pig valve. I did all 
the usual activities which included the 
fashion show and hosting family and 
friends at the Towers Memorial Day 
cookout. Both fashion show and 
cookouts will be repeats this year. Bob. 
my youngest son, and his wife Sharon 
took me to Stanford University 
Hospital on June 28. The valve 
replacement was done in a 4-hour 
operation on the 29th. I stayed at 
Stanford 2 weeks. Returned to the 
Towers' Health Care Unit where I 



remained for 10 weeks. The Oct. 17 
quake was horrible, but the Towers 
and I survived very well. My whole 
N.W. family, numbering 1 0, came to 
see me in July and Aug. Friends, staff, 
family and doctors acted beyond the 
line of duty in helping me to recover. 
The Lord didn't want me. I was well 
enough to enjoy Thanksgiving and 
Christmas with the local family, and 
accomplished my shopping by 
catalogue. 

There is still the ham in me (lucky 
for my pig valve). I go to all the 
costume parties in costumes such as 
"Turkey in the Straw," "Wheeling and 
Dealing." For Hallowe'en of 1990, 1 
plan to go as "A Bird in the Hand is 
Worth Two in the Bush." I'll have to 
get a large poster of President Bush. In 
April, Bob, my youngest son who is 
retired, and I went to Washington State 
by air and visited the families there. I 
wanted to have them see the great 
progress I had made. We were lent a 
car to drive over the mountains to Oak 
Harbor on Whidbey Island. The 
mountains and peaks, snow covered, 
were glorious and we lunched at 
Snoqualmie Falls amidst banks of 
snow. We found family all "in the 
pink." 

Ruth Pratt Jones of the beautiful 
voice would like to be back for reunion 
and sit on the Refectory steps and sing 
"Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" and 
recall the carefree days. Ruth hears 
from Beth Hall Thatcher '21 . Ruth has 
glaucoma and faces a cataract 
operation. I, too, face the latter. We 
agree that the golden years are for the 
birds and the doctors. Louise Wolf 
Arnold lost her husband, George, last 
summer. In spite of the great loss she 
is fortunate to have her son, Frederic 
Stark, with her for the present, home 
from 27 years in Mallorca. Louise 
loves the new life he has brought into 
her home. Another son, Robert, lives 
in Nantucket and is a talented and 
prosperous artist, getting as much as 
$1 7,000 a picture. Her daughter, 
Mollie, and her husband. John, still live 
on Long Island. John is in business 
with the Ooremus Co., and Mollie has 
her household duties and the care and 
joy of riding their 3 horses. Margaret 
Hogue Pfaulz has 8 great-grands, 
including an adopted young Jordanian. 
Her granddaughter works for the State 
Department and was stationed in 
Jordan. Another granddaughter has 
moved to NC with her doctor husband 
which makes Margaret happier, 
because she is nearer. It is shocking to 
her. as to all of us, that now our 
children are senior citizens. 

Almena Perkins Gudas was 
honored on her 85th birthday at a 
party given by a Denver daughter and a 
younger daughter and granddaughter 
from Houston. Almena's husband has 



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Deedie Kirkendall Barricks, Class of 1925 at Reunion '90 



been retired for 5 years from Louisiana 
State University but still does 
academic research. Almena retired 
many years ago from the same 
department and is still very active in 
too many clubs and organizations. For 
enjoyment she gardens and is an avid 
birder. The Gudases have 2 daughters, 
6 grandchildren and 3 greats. Mary 
Elizabeth Walsh Hemphill continues 
to be very social and travels some, in 
spite of painful arthritis. She recently 
motored, with a young friend doing the 
driving, to her home town of St. 
Petersburg, FL where she was wined 
and dined, perhaps too much so 
because she can't make reunion, but 
has yearly sent a check to Sweet Briar. 
Elsie Munro Haller hopes to be at our 
reunion and has a driver, because her 
own eyes haven't fully recovered. It 
will do us good to see you, Elsie. 
Virginia Burlte Miller's daughter, 
Audra Boswell, wrote again for her 
mother. Virginia is still in a nursing 
home, but had visits from her 2 sons 
throughout the year. On 3/10/90 
another granddaughter was married 
in Denver. There are 10 great- 
grandchildren. Football still holds 
Virginia's interest, but of course she is 



saddened when Ml and the Denver 
Broncos lose. 

A nice surprise came to me 
recently. I had a long letter from Ellen 
Newell Bryan, '26. She paid my 
roommate, Sue Hager, and me a 
compliment. She said we had taken 
her under our wings when she was a 
homesick freshman. Ellen's good 
friend is Rebecca Ashcraft Taylor who 
has survived 3 husbands and is now 
ill. Ellen and her daughter, Newell, 
went to Winnetka, IL, to attend the 
wedding of Rebecca's granddaughter. 
Rebecca's daughter, Mary Lee, married 
Frank McClain who was the 1st 
chaplain at Sweet Briar. Ellen and her 
husband Wright live in his home town 
of Clemson, SC. Wright is not well and 
is in a nursing facility. After he had 
been editor of the Atlanta Journal and 
editor of the Plain Dealer'm Cleveland, 
OH, they moved to Clemson where 
Wright became Vice President for 
development of the University. They 
are now unable to enjoy Ellen's 
mother's home in Sea Island, GA. Both 
of the Bryan daughters graduated from 
Sweet Briar and a granddaughter is a 
sophomore there now. The other 
granddaughter went through her junior 



year and left to marry her W&L beau in 
what would have been her senior year. 
The Bryans have 6 grandchildren and 2 
greats. One grandchild is in the Peace 
Corps in Swaziland, southern Africa. 
Ellen keeps in touch with Lib 
Roundtree Kellerman of Honolulu, 
May Speed Sexton, and Joe Gilchrist, 
the husband of the late Edna Lee 
Gilchrist, and Edna's 2 girls by her Ist 
marriage, as well as Ann Maybank 
Lain. 

Kay Agard Flewelling lives quite 
healthily in a 5-room condo in 
Pasadena, CA. She has a new driver's 
license for 4 years so can go dashing 
about to her clubs which include the 
Garden, Shakespeare and City Clubs. 
She enjoys her view of the mountains 
and delights in her yellow and red 
roses. Kay plays a lot of bridge. 
Although not in the mood to return to 
Sweet Briar this spring because of the 
distance, she wants me to embrace the 
dear place, and all who go back for our 
65th. Gertrude (Jerry) McGilfert 
MacLennan cannot attend reunion. 
She can't walk without a walker, and 
Don is bedridden. They stay in their 
own home with the help of nurses 
around the clock. She sends her best 
to anyone she knows. 

Woodis Finch Hudson sent a 
check to me for the College. She was 
only at Sweet Briar a year. The check 
was in memory of her late sister, 
Helen Finch Halford '26, who lived in 
England. Woodis said her only claim to 
fame at Sweet Briar was that as a 
freshman she played on the Senior 
Hockey team, coached by Miss 
Carrington. Her ardent beau, whose 
nickname was Prince, brought an old 
white horse called Prince to see her. 
When Lady Astor visited the campus 
she called out "Don't let that little 
blond girl get married." But Prince was 
her Prince Charming, and she married 
him. Helen was as brunette as Woodis 
was blond so we called her "Black 
Woodis." Woodis had a recent eye 
operation. 

Margaret Hogue Pfautz still lives 
in her home and enjoys walking, 
playing bridge and doing crossword 
puzzles. Her daughter, a widow, is to 
be remarried in May. Margaret and her 
daughter wintered in FL. Her sons are 
well and busy. The youngest grandson 
will graduate from the Naval Academy 
this year. Dorothy Herbison Hawkins 
still lives in her home, but she is now 
alone as her husband, Howard, died 
11/89 after 59 years of marriage. Dot 
is trying to fill the void with new 
activities. They have 3 children and 7 
grandchildren who are lovely to her. 
Mary Sturgis reports no news except 
that she recently sprained her back. 
She sent me snaps of us while at 
Sweet Briar. I'll take them to the 
"Patch" when I return in June. There 



were pictures of Lady Astor when she 
visited Sweet Briar. My mother and 
Remayne Schooley Ferenbach's 

mother were in the same picture. 

There were 1 6 at the Sweet Briar 
Day luncheon on 12/28, including Prof, 
and Mrs. Armstrong. Mary Slurr 
Stuart '62 transported me to San 
Francisco and back. Penn Willets 
Mullin '66 is the competent leader of 
our Bay Area group. Freddie Bernhard 
'24 and I were the seniors in 
attendance. There were 131 in our 
class. About 31 are on the active roster 
and about 34 are lost or don't care to 
be contacted. Thank you all who wrote, 
or had someone else do it for you. 



1929 



President and Acting Secretary 
Sara Callison Jamison (Mrs. John R.), 
620 Ridgewood Drive, W. Lafayette, IN 
47906 

We hit the jackpot for replies to our 
61st request for class news! Now there 
wasn't much startling news but it's an 
indication that, as our good Eleanor 
Spruill advised us to do, we are still 
flapping! Martha Dabney Jones is 
happily settled in Charlottesville, VA 
and has joined a biking group. 
Kathleen Firestone Corruthers and 
husband Frank are "enjoying the good 
life," glad to be in the same city as 
their son and all their children. They 
have 4 grandchildren, Becky 37, David 
35, Connie 35, Mike 32, and 7 great 
grandchildren ages 10 months to 16 
years. Evaline Thoma traveled to FL 
this winter by way of the Panama 
Canal. She visited in Palm Beach, 
Englewood and Sanibel, then spent 
Easter in IL and on home to AZ. Lisa 
Guigon Shinberger claims to be a 
bionic woman having had 2 cornea 
implants and total hip replacement. But 
she is busily flapping if somewhat 
more slowly. Izzie North Goodwin 
hasn't time to complain what with 
Garden Club, church, bridge and 
summer visits with her children. She 
boasts 3 grandchildren married and 
another one in May. Izzie and Sarah 
Dodges Gordon had a good visit this 
year. Libber Lankford Miles says it 
succinctly, "John and I don't make 
news anymore." They leave it to their 
"grands" who pop in to visit them 
often. Betsy and her husband publish a 
monthly booklet called "Valley News" 
which is found in all tourist places in 
the Shenandoah Valley. Libber's son 
Burnley recently retired from AT&T 
and has his own consulting business. 
Libber is busy with gardening duties at 
Westminster-Canterbury. Pinkie 
Armstrong Allen reports news both 
sad and glad. Her husband Mark died 
on his 80th birthday. Her daughter, 
Ann, was married in June to a colonel 



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in the Air Force. They live in Germany 
where Pinkie spent 2 delightful months 
with them last winter. Ginny Chaffee 
Gwynn lives in Naples, FL at Bentley 
Village, a lovely retirement home. She 
is an avid bridge player, and plans a 
trip to the play at Oberammergau and a 
week cruising down the Rhine in May. 
She has 2 great grandchildren in 
Frazer, PA, a girl, Virginia, and a boy, 
Alex 2, in Clearwater, FL. Ella Parr 
Phillips Hotchkiss spent the winter in 
the Palm Beach area and will return to 
CT late April when her daughter Sallie 
is to be married. That was her good 
news. Her sad news was that her 
husband Dr. Robert died in August. 
Louise Scott's husband wrote that 
Louise has spent the last 3 years in a 
nursing home, but he was pleased to 
report that their granddaughter Susan 
Mullen made Louise a great grand- 
mother 2/90 when Anne Lane Mullen 
was born. "Doesn't longevity count?" 
Claire Hoyt Cover asks She says she 
has not been married, divorced or 
nominated tor the Nobel Prize this year 
but she has been traveling, working, 
swimming, bridge playing and reading. 
She sends love to "The classy class of 
'29." Anne Gochnauer still operates 
her antique shop, "The Golden Horse 
Shoe" and has excellent help. She says 
that she has a really fine shop and 
wishes that some of us would come to 
see her She sees Nora Lee Antrim, 
Margaret Johnson, and Maria Hoar as 
often as possible. Kitty Slater, Anne's 
author sister, is 3 miles away and her 
niece and nephew live in the area so 
she considers herself very fortunate. 
Mildred Lewis Adklns moved to 
Goodwin House West, a retirement 
home in Falls Church, VA in 1987, She 
says there are 3 other Sweet Briar gals 
there too. Jo Tatman and husband 
Mace Mason were in Naples in March. 
We had a good visit as usual and they 
both looked great. Two of their 
granddaughters were recently married, 
one in CT and one in IL. Jo and Mace 
went to Ireland with their daughter, 
Joan and husband (he is the son of Lib 
Joy Porter '28). They rented a car and 
drove all over the beautiful country - 
and even kissed the Blarney Stone. 
Anne Brent Winn reports nothing new 
since reunion except for the visit of her 
daughter Mason Benjamin whom she 
visited for 2 months last winter in New 
Zealand. Anne's granddaughter Anne 
Mason, 14, is making plans to come to 
Sweet Briar when she is ready to enter 
college. Anne has had to stop riding 
which was a special part of her life but 
continues her interest in the riding 
world. An interesting letter from 
Gertrude HIckIn SIgmon While at SBC 
for 1 1/2 years she lived with the 
Worthingtons, leaving college because 
of an illness. She returned to SBC for a 
visit over 50 years later and in her 



words, "I was received with open 
arms." She enclosed her latest poem, 
"The Students of Bejing" and one 
published in the Sweet Briar magazine 
in 1928 Page Bird Woods '28 was her 
closest friend and they kept in touch 
for years. Rutfi Ferguson Smythe says 
it is hard to manufacture news at one's 
advanced age but she commented on 
our '29 class picture taken at our 60th 
last June, calling us elegant looking 
chicks. I didn't pay her for this. Ruth 
spent the winter in Portugal as is her 
wont. She almost feels like a native 
there Eleanor Ouval Sprulll is 
recovering from a "beautiful but 
strenuous wedding of her daughter, 
Eleanor, now Mrs. M. C. Nick." The 
whole family came and Eleanor's 
son-in-law performed the ceremony. 
Jim, Eleanor's oldest son, is now a 
judge as was his father. To prove that 
Eleanor is "still flapping" she plans to 
go back to painting and take lessons 
from Alex Pourees of Myrtle Beach. 
She sends love to all of her friends of 
'29. It was a great treat to hear from 
Jane Wilkinson Banyard who lives in 
Bermuda. She and her sister traveled 
to New Orleans and up and down the 
east and west coasts of FL this winter. 
She would have stopped to see me in 
Naples if she had known I was there. 
Jane is still working part time in the 
China Shop, swimming at 7 AM when 
the water is warm and biking 2 miles 
when the water is cold. She has many 
visitors, her family coming in the 
winters and she visiting them in the 
summers. She loved seeing Janet 
Bruce Bailey and her family in 
Bermuda last summer. Janet, too, 
wrote about seeing Jane. Her children 
and their spouses have an annual trip 
together. Last year it was in Bermuda 
and this year they plan 2 weeks in 
England in late May. Janet sees some 
SBC alumnae in Wilmington. Sam and 
Ellle Price (SBC) are also living at 
Stonegate where Janet lives and 
where, as she wrote, the Sweet Briar 
daffodils were blooming. Janet Lee 
Auchlncloss, who was with us our 
freshman year and who kept her 
interest in Sweet Briar over the years, 
died last fall '89 at her home on 
Hammersmith Farm in Newport, Rl. 
We have another plus for our 
newsletter - a message from Jean 
Crowe Hutchison who left SBC after 
her freshman year. She saw our '29 
class reunion picture in the alumnae 
news and that sparked her, and 
Tootsle Miles Armstrong's interest in 
us and we hope to renew their ties with 
us and with SBC. Jean lives in 
Greenwich, CT, has 3 children who live 
in Dallas, Atlanta, and FL. I hope to see 
her in the fall when I visit my 
granddaughter, Sarah Lalonzo, who 
lives in Stamford, CT. This winter I 
visited my sister in Lighthouse Point, 



FL where we visited Belle 
Brockenbrough Hutchlns Our May 

Queen moved tor winter residence to 
Harbor's Edge, a beautiful retirement 
facility in Delray Beach. She looks as 
regal as ever. Her children visited her 
recently and she will return to Wilmette 
for the summer. A trip to Bloomfield 
Hills, Ml for a wonderful family 
anniversary party was the highlight of 
my winter. Guests came from as far 
away as New Zealand. Now I look 
forward to visiting son Jamie and 
family in Williamsburg and in July a 
trip to Germany, Switzerland, and 
Oberammergau. Daughter Jane Messer 
(SBC '79) will go with me. Jane came 
to Naples in April, packed me up and 
drove me home where I am writing 
this letter trying to make the May 1 
deadline. Even though you all thought 
your news dull, it was a delight to find 
your replies in the mail - so please 
keep writing and flapping. 



1933 



Co-Presidents 

Margaret and Mary Imbrle, 1 6 North 

Maple Street, Apt. A-1, Woodbury, NJ 

08096 

Secretary 

Marjorie Morse EmIIng (Mrs Ralph 

A), 3216 South 95th Street, Fort 

Smith, AR 72903 

This year brought several new 
replies which will strike responsive 
memories. Thanks, again, to all who 
faithfully replied for still another year. 
It was fun seeing how bridge and 
travel seem to be universal pursuits! 
Lucy Oliver Brooks was remarried to a 
high school classmate a year ago. She 
reports a "very good" combined family 
of 6 children and 12 grandchildren. 
Frances Powell Zoppa keeps on "the 
go all the time" thanks to a cooperative 
husband, and despite 2 great 
grandsons who might imply a different 
era. Doris Crane Loveland tells of 
being on the verge of selling their 
Eastern Shore farm. The plan is then to 
be in a retirement community, 
"Stonegates", in Greenville, DE. Mary 
Kate Patton Bromfield this year looks 
forward to a granddaughter's wedding. 
With her husband, she keeps up with 
golf, swimming etc. when not 
succumbing to "naps." Neville Crute 
Holmes says one thing amazing to her 
is how many classmates '33 still has. 
Her husband and she "are still perking 
along": winters are in Naples, FL and 
summers in Asheville, NC, with 
occasional trips to Racine, Wl or 
Samford, CT to visit daughters. 

Marjorie Rio Hyland's grandchil- 
dren are the achievers that astound her 



these days. She and her husband are 
"well content" living 6 months in 
Naples, FL and 6 in NC. While still 
living in NE, Frances Neville Newberry 
and her husband go to AZ for the 
winters. Last July they celebrated their 
55th wedding anniversary with 
relatives and family (a total of 20) on a 
cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. 
Mary E. Clemens Porzellus. while 
having 2 grandchildren in their 20's 
fortunately also has 2 young ones - 2 
and 7. Her activities are in the 
handiwork-sewing category plus 
bridge and reading while putting up 
with a bit of arthritis. Still in "a lovely 
retirement home" in Albuquerque, NM, 
Emily Denton Tunis is near her 
daughter and family. 

Margaret and Mary Imbrie - our 
joint presidents - have been to the 
Canadian Rockies and Hilton Head in 
the past year, seeing there Jean Baber 
and Betty Briscoe ("34). They are 
about to sell their Woodbury, NJ 
condo, to reside in "Medford Leas" 
(NJ), a continuing care retirement 
community. Ella Jesse Latham took a 
spring trip to England for a flower 
arranging workshop. It was her 9th 
visit and she had her 2 daughters with 
her. Earlier, she and Sue Graves 
Stubbs had 3 weeks together in Vero 
Beach, FL. Marjorie Jones Cook, who 
did her last 2 years at Smith, writes 
from far away Milwaukee how she 
would sometime "love to visit" Sweet 
Briar which she remembers as so 
beautiful. Adah Barber Wilson, in 
Stuart, FL is still recovering from a 2 
year old total hip operation. She hopes 
this year it will finally be normal. 

Charlotte Tamblyn Tufts has, like 
others of us, been slowed a bit by 
medical problems, but still enjoys her 
cherished post-card collecting. Travel 
now is mostly to reunions of her 
husband's college. In Sept. they will 
have a 55th wedding anniversary. Jean 
Van Home Baker, ever active, says she 
enters 1990 already overcommitted. At 
home in Philadelphia, she has 
numerous speaking commitments, 
when not writing. When in Hilton Head, 
she paints and has also compiled a 
cookbook for the art galleries' benefit. 
MIki Murdoch Martin, class "poetess" 
and flag authority par excellence, has 
recently compiled a history of her 
Baltimore church in fine literary style 
that makes enjoyable reading. Marietta 
Derby Garst has taken up residence 
since last spring in "Meadowood at 
Worcester", a retirement home in 
Lansdale, PA. She visited her daughter 
in England last fall. Margaret Wayland 
Taylor, since 1948 in the same home 
in Charlottesville, VA, finds that 
retirement allows her and her husband 
to pursue many varied interests. Sarah 
Houston Bake/ writes, as many of us 
seem to feel, that despite the pleasures 



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of their lake shore Decatur, IL home, 
they may have to seek satisfaction in 
smaller surroundings. She speaks of 
grandsons and (their) parents both on 
a sabbatical in Germany. Elizabeth 
Grey, retired Corporation Secretary of 
the Chesapeake Corporation, has had 
time at last to participate in a bird 
count for Virginia Wildlife. Her home is 
now West Point. VA. Kathrina Howze 
Maclellan writes from Lookout 
Mountain, TN of the enjoyment of early 
spring there. In winter, at Hillsboro 
Club, FL there are Sweet Briar 
acquaintances with whom to visit. 
Other times she takes cruises to the 
Caribbean, including Mexico, lately 
with next generation family. 

Cornelia Murray Weller and 
husband, while not "as spry as they 
used to be", are still on their farm in 
Princeton, l\iJ. They have collaborated 
on much historical writing and feel, 
after 56 years, their greatest pleasure 
has been in the things they could do 
together. Virginia Vesey Woodward, 
in Newport News, VA, tells of lunching 
with Anne Brooke in Virginia Beach 
recently. For Easter she drove to 
Fairfax to visit her daughter and family. 
Last fall she toured New England. 
Jeanette Shambaugh Elliott still 
enjoys the pursuit of learning at the 
university when in Tucson. For cool 
summers she can still go to the "family 
enclave" in Old Mission, Ml. She 
continues with her hobby of 19th and 
20th century Chinese painting/ 
calligraphy. Jesse Coburn Laukhuff, 
long our dedicated class fund agent, 
now resigned (to our loss), writes how 
she and Perry love to garden. 
Consequently their beautiful home and 
grounds give them much pleasure. She 
writes "physically we are a little 
different" but they are still active in 
their church in Charlottesville. Rose 
Beverly Burks, if on schedule, by now 
has been to Bethesda to be with her 
daughter and see the new home. Like 
others of us, she has had some 
arthritic problems. She is still 
recovering from a Nov. '89 rotated disc 
operation. She mentions her pride in a 
granddaughter's finishing law school 
this spring. Hetty Wells Finn looks 
after an aging family member while 
still enjoying friends. She keeps up 
paddle tennis for exercise and makes 
time for volunteer work. H/lary Nel 
Sieman, in between cruises to the 
Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands, gets 
from North Platte to visit in FL. There 
her daughters, grandchildren, sisters 
and family all are able to visit. Mary 
Nel plans a Sept. '90 cruise, with 10 
members of her family, on the QE II, as 
an early celebration of her 80th 
birthday. Jane Martin Person and 
husband are still on their farm in a 
century old farmhouse in MM, near 
their children. While doing volunteer 



work in church and the historical 
society, Jane is devoted to reading as 
much as possible. Marjorie Morse 
Emiing, class secretary, has realized 
her love of far away places and 
knowledge by much travel. Last year, 
she and her husband cruised the 
Hawaiian Islands. In late fall, they went 
on a "Close Up" Foundation trip to 
Williamsburg and Washington. They 
saw and learned much about early 
government as well as today's 
Congress. Supreme Court, and foreign 
Embassies. In April, they had a reunion 
with Warwicl< Rust Brown, an SBC 
roommate in whose wedding party she 
had been. Warwick and her husband 
winter in Little Rock. Because he is the 
retired Episcopalian Bishop of AR, 
many friends are nearby. They spend 
summers in Cashiers. NC, their main 
home. A Little Rock son is an AR 
Supreme Court candidate in the 
democratic primary. It is with sorrow I 
have to report the death of Anne 
Spencer Moore, of Mobile as 
conveyed by Glen Worthington 
Johnson from Holmes Beach, FL. Glen 
herself says "No news of me." Also, on 
9/24/89, Ethel Cameron Smith died in 
Bryn Mawr, PA. And on 2/18/90, 
Susan Johnson Simpson, the first 
woman ever elected to the city council 
in Greenville, SC, died. The class 
extends its deepest sympathies to their 
families and friends. If some news is 
skimpy, that is because I unfortunately 
can only relay what has come in on the 
cards. Some news is abbreviated 
because of space but I enjoy hearing 
the most that you can write me even if 
it can't all be printed. 



1937 



Secretary 

Natalie Hopkins Griggs (Mrs. John 

E.), 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, #1005, 

Wilmington, DEI 9806 

Fund Agent 

Nancy Nalle Genung (Mrs. Alfred G), 

544 Mercer Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 

Even though the alumnae magazine 
lists the names of alumnae who have 
died recently, I can't start these notes 
without saying how much all of us will 
miss Ellie Lee Snodgrass Park, Marie 
Walker Gregory and Lill Lambert 
Pennington. '37 is surely the poorer 
without them. Polly Lambeth 
Blackwell visited Lill several times 
while she was sick and said she loved 
to talk about SBC. Polly and her 
husband cruised along the Gold Coast 
of Brazil last fall and now look forward 
to their 50th wedding anniversary 6/1/ 
90. Jackie Cochran Nicholson and her 



husband just returned from FL but I 
was specially interested in a trip they 
took on a canal in Burgundy last 
summer. I and my 3 children and 
spouses with my 13 grandchildren 
ages 2 to 1 7 hope to manoeuvre part 
of the Canal du Midi in June. Ours are 
self-drive barges and we have 3 of 
them so if our togetherness becomes 
oppressive we can separate tempo- 
rarily any unloving relatives. 1 still 
volunteer in Wilmington and we all go 
to NH in August. Frances Johnson 
Finley and James also just returned 
from FL (Delray) where they saw lots 
of SBCers of all ages. I imagine Peggy 
Cruikshank Dyer and her husband 
were among them. They divide the 
year between Siesta Key and Marion, 
MA and do lots of tennis, sailing, 
bridge and church work in both places. 
One of Peggy's daughters lives near 
Peter Dyer Sorenson (her aunt) in 
Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Peter's own 
children are nearby too which gives 
Peter plenty of chances to interest her 
granddaughters in SBC. Peter is one of 
our gardeners as is Dottie Price 
Roberts who is busy painting and 
planting, she says. Agnes Crawford 
Bates is working hard on her Garden 
Club Daffodil Show and Historic 
Garden Week. The rest of the year she 
still helps at the library and plays lots 
of bridge. Sara Kirkpatrick Fearing 
was inundated with nursery catalogues 
when she wrote. Her daughter's family 
has moved from Honolulu to 
Washington which introduced Sara's 9 
year old granddaughter to her first 
snow last winter, a terrific thrill for her 
and her watching family. Maggie 
Cornwell Schmidt had a great trip to 
Egypt last fall and Nancy Nalle 
Genung and her stepdaughter are on a 
Horticultural Sociefy trip to Costa Rica 
as I write. The Genungs had a huge 
family reunion at Skytop in the 
Poconos in Feb. Nancy hired someone 
to help with the garden and it turned 
out to be Caroline Taraschi, class of 
'87 at SBC! Caroline calls herself 
"Garden Scapes" and has painted her 
truck Sweet Briar pink and green, as is 
her logo. Lib Lee McPhail says not 
much change in their lives except that 
she has suddenly become a physical 
fitness buff which she is sure would 
shock the old Phys. Ed. Dept. at SBC. 
Fricki Charles Straub and her husband 
were just back from visiting a son in FL 
and glad to report the birth of a new 
grandson nearer them. Sid Gort 
Herpers has had a long battle with 
rheumatoid arthritis necessitating 
several surgeries and a move to a 
retirement home. It's a lovely one and 
she has a gorgeous view of the 
Cascades. Barbara Jarvis Thomas 
really enjoys her retirement home on 
Cape Cod and her first cold winter after 
15 years in Hawaii. She loved the SBC 



safari to Kenya and looks forward to 
the trip to Ireland. Dotlie Proul 
Gorsuch had a bad reaction to a shot 
to prevent Lyme disease. It started 
with a deer tick bite and ended with 
several weeks in the hospital. She's all 
right now and looks forward to the 
birth of her 4th grandchild very soon. 
Barbara Munn Green has an SBC 
directory of interesting achievers in her 
own family. Daughter Mary (SBC '64) 
has just published a charming book 
entitled 'Writing Your Life'. Daughter 
Annie (SBC '69) took her Children's 
Dance Company to Japan where they 
gave 8 performances. Daughter Janie 
(SBC '65) has just gone into private 
practice as a psychotherapist. 
Daughter Cornelia is a banker and 
about to give Barbara her 1 7th 
grandchild! Izzy Olmstead Haynes 
wrote and edited a pamphlet for the 
Pound Ridge Historical Society. It 
gives a history of the town and 
describes and gives directions to 
landmark houses and historical sites. 
They received a grant to do it and are 
pleased to see tourists enjoying it 
already. May Weston Thompson and 
Bart are jogging along happily and 
healthily which. I think, is really the 
aim of us all. Norma Rogers McCook 
is delighted to be remembered after 
only one year at SBC and we are 
certainly glad to hear from her. I think 
we all share her excitement that 
Christianity may soon be preached in 
Red Square. It's hard to know where to 
begin with Wes Ward Francis but 
there was an article in the spring 
magazine about an honor she received 
in San Antonio last fall so I'll skip a bit. 
She is still very active in national drug 
prevention and in parks and 
recreational centers and her trips to 
England, Russia, Scandinavia, and the 
Black Sea make me drool with envy. 
Thank all of you who sent me your 
news and I hope the rest of you are 
inspired for next year. 



1941 



President 

Martha Jean Brooks Miller. 966 

Cherokee Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 

Secretary 

Marie Gaffney Barry (Mrs. John P.), 

61 Sound View Lane, New Canaan, CT 

06840 

Co-Fund Agents 

Emory Hill Rex (Mrs. Daniel F.), 56 

Rambling Road, Palestine, TX 75801 

Elizabeth Lancaster Washburn (Mrs. 

William), 605 Marshall, Lexington, VA 

24450 



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I thank everyone who responded to 
the cards. It's tun to receive them. 
Many said how much they are 
anticipating our 50th next year. I hope 
everyone will make reunion a top 
priority for 1 991 . Congratulations to 
Gertrude Marill Stanchfield tor her 
full time work in alcohol and drug 
addiction in Washington, DC! She 
enjoys the area and plans to retire 
there. This year she went to Vienna, 
her birthplace. St. Maarten and 
Antigua. She has grandchildren in Wl 
and WA Virginia Carter Smith's active 
life in Rialto, CA involves her in feeding 
the needy, as secretary of her 
Residents' Council at South Pt. Villa, in 
Senior Aerobics, in bridge with the 
AAUW and in a Bible Study Group. Her 
sister, Martha Janney, is also in Rialto. 
A second successful cataract operation 
and a bout with pneumonia felled 
Nancy Gatewood Warnocl( this year. 
She has fully recovered. She 
volunteers at the library and at 2 
Episcopal thrift shops and has a part 
time job at an antique shop which she 
enjoys. This year, Doris Huner Swiecli 
and Stan went to NH to visit daughter 
Carol, to British Columbia and to 
Memphis, where their son and 
daughter-in-law participated in the 
National Square Dance Convention. 
Their 3 children and their 3 spouses 
and 5 grandchildren came to Lake 
Toxaway, NC for their annual visit. The 
social activities during the season 
provide a merry-go-round atmosphere. 
Stan underwent eye surgery in the 
winter Joan IVIyers Cole and Basil 
took a 2 month trip to HI, New 
Zealand, and Australia. The trip 
prevented her from seeing the Naples 
and Ft. Myers contingent this year. She 
did see Margaret Craighill Price. 
Anita Loving Lewis, and Helen Gwinn 
Wallace. Our heartfelt condolences to 
Decca Gilmer Frackelton and her 
family in the sudden death of her 
wonderful husband, Robert, in FL. 
Maty Scully OIney and Jim and Ethel 
Gurney Betz and John attended his 
service in Jan. A few months earlier 
the Frackeltons entertained the OIneys, 
the Betzes. and Marie Gaffney Barry 
and Ted at a lovely dinner party at their 
Seventh Lake Adirondack home. Their 
daughter. Carter Frackelton '72 was 
also there. Maui, HI has Linda Boyle 
Richardson as a permanent resident. 
It's an ideal location for travel to 
distant places. This year she visited 
Equador, the Galapagos Islands, and 
the Polynesian Islands, Two of her 
daughters and a granddaughter are in 
Maui. She wants anyone coming to HI 
to contact her at 808-874-5292. 
Eleanor Damgard Firth keeps busy 
with bridge lessons, piano lessons, 
walking and dancing. Their 2 
daughters and 4 grandchildren live 
close to them in Ft. Lauderdale. During 



the Southern Seniors' Golf Tournament 
in Feb. in Ft. Lauderdale she had a 
good visit with Alpine Martin 
Patterson and Pat. Ellie and Swede 
summer in Hot Springs. VA. Life is fine 
for Jane Clarl( Hartwick in St. Louis. 
She enjoys good health, many 
interests and a big loving family. Travel 
does not lure her as life at home is 
delightful. Six of her 7 children are 
married. There are 15 granddaughters 
and 5 grandsons. Her oldest son lives 
in Sitka, AK and 1 daughter in Seattle. 
The rest of her tribe live within a 15 
minute drive of her home. She visits 
her mini-farm weekly and is active in 
environmental concerns Martha Jean 
Brooks Ingram and Tom have parted. 
She is resuming the name of Miller 
when their divorce is final in the fall. 
Her trips this year have taken her to 
Rome, Florence and Venice, to England 
for a tour of gardens with her 3 
daughters ending up at the Chelsea 
Flower Show, plus Amelia Island and 
Birmingham, AL. Her summers are 
spent at Blowing Rock, NC. In the 
summer all of Betty Blount Kempson 
and Kemp's family came to Pensacola. 
Their 4 children, 3 in-laws, and 1 1 
grandchildren stayed at the beach. All 
were healthy and handsome and had a 
great reunion. Kemp had a heart 
pace-maker rather than heart surgery 
as erroneously reported last year. In 
spite of the faltering real estate market 
in the northeast Marion Webb Shaw 
as a broker had an excellent year in the 
Bedford, NY area. She visits her 96 
year old mother in Southern Pines. 
She also sees Martha Jean Brooks 
Ingram, her first cousin. Judith 
Davidson Walker and Tony planned a 
Feb. visit to St. Croix with their middle 
son and his family. Hurricane Hugo 
blew their rental house away. The son 
and family went to Disney World and 
the Walkers built themselves a better 
deck on their house. Over Christmas 
they visited their youngest and his 
family in cold Lafayette. A get-together 
between Anita Loving Lewis and Judy 
has been difficult to arrange. After 
successful knee surgery, Shirley Shaw 
Daniel is unrestricted except for 
tennis. The Daniels spent Christmas in 
Boxford, MA with son, Dick, and his 
bride, Joanna, in their cute new home. 
They visited friends in Vero Beach. In 
April they visited daughter, Dottie, and 
husband, Sandy, and 2 boys in Denver. 
"Shirts" celebrated her 70th birthday 
this year. She sees Betsy Campbell 
Gawthorp '39 and Eugenia Burnett 
Affel '42 regularly at Garden Club 
funchons. The Southwest FL great 
mini-reunions continue with Lucy 
Parton Miller. Helen Gwinn Wallace, 
Patricia Sorenson Ackard. Anne 
Borough O'Connor. Angela Betty 
Cardamone O'Donnell. Jean Ruggles 
Hall and Helen Ann Littleton White. 



This year Wilma Cavett Bird, Eunice 
Foss Snead and Patricia Potter 
Duncan visited Naples and saw their 
classmates. Lucy Parton Miller and 

Lymon were in Albuquerque in April 
where he gave a noise course to a 
company there. May found them in 
Devon, PA for a party for their eldest 
son. Bob, and his wife-to-be, Dana 
Hooper. In June the wedding took 
place there. Their 1 grandchildren 
attended. Helen Gwinn Wallace and 
John built a beautiful house which they 
mostly planned and designed in FL. It 
has received raves from the Naples 
group The house is close to Angela 
Betty Cardamone O'Donnell and Ted 
in Bonita Springs. In VA the Wallaces 
continue to raise race horses. Their 2 
grandsons are excelling at horse 
shows accumulating championships 
much to the joy of their grandparents. 
Patricia Sorenson Ackard enjoyed a 
fantastic trip to Kenya. She was very 
helpful to Patricia Potter Duncan on 
her visit to Naples. Pat Ackard is the 
champion golfer at her Naples Country 
Club. While Eunice Foss Sneed was 
visiting Naples there were many fun 
parties. Eunice particularly enjoyed 
seeing "West Side Story" in the new 
Naples Philharmonic Arts Center. 
Dorset, VT is the summer location for 
Anne Borough O'Connor and her 
husband. Marie Gaffney Barry and Ted 
were delighted to see Anne at a party 
while they were visiting in Dorset. The 
Barrys didn't know the O'Connors were 
there. Following 2 major surgeries 
Angela Betty Cardamone O'Donnell's 
husband Ted is improving. Their 
daughter, Jodi's Downs syndrome 
baby is coming along nicely. When Ted 
can travel, they will visit Jodi and her 
family in CA, Edge visits her mother in 
Utica when she can. In the winter they 
enjoy visits from their children, 
Jeannie and Gaston, and Bob and 
Susie. Helen Ann Littleton White and 
Logan had a fine 21 day cruise from 
Vancouver through the Panama Canal 
to Ft. Lauderdale. H.A. continues to try 
to improve her watercolor painting. 
She took a workshop conducted by 
Frederick Kubitz, a New England 
painter, in Marco Island. Flower 
arrangements for the benefit of her 
church and visiting children and 
grandchildren are in her busy 
schedule. Two classes each morning in 
Latin are taught by Wilma Cavett Bird 
at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City. This 
year she went to Naples, FL to visit 
Jean Ruggles Hall and to San 
Antonio, TX to visit Barbara Nevens 
Young. Wilma has a daughter who 
lives in San Antonio. The class salutes 
Mary Scully OIney for the recognition 
she received from the Savannah, GA 
Historical Society for her many fine 
contributions as a volunteer. While 
visiting friends at The Landings, 



Skidaway Marie Gaffney Barry and 

Ted were royally treated by the OIneys. 
The expert Mary spent a day showing 
Marie historic Savannah while 
husband, Jim, played golf with Ted. 
The Barrys couldn't have enjoyed it 
more. This is the last year of teaching 
at UWA for Elizabeth Hudson Boba's 
husband. Imre. His last quarter was 
spent as Visiting Professor at the Univ. 
of Tubingen, W. Germany. Elizabeth 
volunteers with the local society of the 
Archeological Institute of America in 
Seattle. Summer '89 the Bobas were in 
Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia and 
Hungary, There were many signs of 
the political changes which took place 
in the fall, but neither of them had any 
idea of the extent to which they would 
go Though Bette Fawcett Collier is 
paralyzed on her left side she is free 
from pain. Bette had a stroke about 5 
years ago. Her husband has rehred 
and they look forward to travel. Of their 
2 grandsons, 1 will be a dentist and 1 a 
doctor Joan Meacham Gay still 
maintains her Xmas tree farm of 12 
acres in MA. This has been a sad year 
for her with the loss of 2 good friends, 
her old roommate, Patricia Dowling 
Von Wellsheim and her youngest son, 
Gardner, aged 43 with a brain tumor, 
Mary Worthington Foster and husband 
had a marvelous cruise from NY up the 
coast to Nova Scotia, Montreal and 
back to NY. Another trip took them to 
Tucson to visit her great brother-in-law 
and his nice bride of 3 years. They 
were in Delray Beach where they saw 
Norma Bradley Arnold '44 and other 
SBCers. Mimi talks to Joan Devore 
Roth often and sees Fayette McDowell 
Willett '43 a great deal. The extensive 
volunteering for the Red Cross 
Hospital program which Jane 
Loveland Byerts does is very 
commendable. In Feb. Jane and Bill 
visited their oldest son and his family 
in Kona, HI. In the summer their whole 
family and her sister's family had a 
beach reunion. Their youngest son and 
family live in Tallahassee: their 
daughter and family in Atlanta. They 
took a 3 week tour of TX, NM. CO and 
UT in a van with friends. The same 
pattern of life continues for Charlotte 
Davenport Tuttle and John: winter on 
their boat in Palm Beach and summer 
in Chatham, MA. They had a super tour 
to England and Scotland ending with a 
visit to a charming Normandy inn with 
son Ty, his wife, Claire, and grandchil- 
dren, Solange and Lippi, aged 6 and 4. 
In June Laetitia Seibels Frothingham 
and John went to England for Tish's 
first visit. John had his 50th reunion at 
Princeton. Her activities include 
volunteering at a convalescent home, 
with retarded children and with a 
charitable sewing group plus many 
involvements with her large family. 
Elizabeth Brown-Serman Hayes and 



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Frank enjoy a fine, healthy, retired life, 
living on MD's eastern shore and on 
Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. 
They visited the Monet Boston exhibit, 
the 89 American paintings in 
Philadelphia prior to the Paris 
Centennial Exhibition, Winterthur and 
the Carolina beaches. Another very 
active volunteer is Helen Carmine 
Barber. She is president of the 
Dorchester Co. Historical Society while 
also being chairman of Civic 
Beautification for the Dorchester 
Garden Club and chairman of 2 
Episcopal Church grounds. She also 
sings in the Episcopal Church choir 
and the Choral Arts Society of Easton, 
MD. The class congratulates you for 
your many fine efforts. This is the 1 4th 
year in the CT General Assembly for 
M. Adele Eads. While serving her 5th 
Senate term she is Minority Leader Pro 
Tempore and ranking member of the 
Education Comm. Louise Lembeck 
Reydel and Charlie had a fine golfing 
trip to Ireland in spite of disappointing 
weather. Their youngest son's wife had 
identical twins 9/89. In the summer 
Lou sees Charlotte Davenport Tuttle 
and Jean Ruggles Hall in Chatham, 
MA. A house on the lake at Mountain 
Lake, FL has been purchased by 
Alpine Martin Patterson and Pat. Ethel 
Gurney Betz and John and Piney and 
Pat have a great time together at 
Mountain Lake in the winter with golf 
and dancing. Pat is first VP of the 
Southern Seniors' Golf Association. He 
is Chairman of Tournaments so they 
attend as many as possible. A Cornell 
Alumni sponsored Russian trip was 
taken by Piney and Pat with their 2 
daughters, 2 husbands and 4 
grandchildren. The grandchildren 
included 2 1 8 year old boys, girl (1 5) 
and a 14 year old boy. Their daughter, 
Fay Bullitt, is married to a great 
nephew and namesake of William C. 
Bullitt, the 1 St U.S. ambassador to 
Soviet Russia. Ambassador Bullitt was 
very interested in their trip. Their other 
son-in-law, a USN retired Commander, 
had to be debriefed prior to the trip. 
Louise Kirk Edwards left SBC 
$1 00,000 in her will. The college's 
decision as to where best to use this 
bequest will be of interest to all of us. 
Two more classmates passed on this 
year. Wilma Zeisler Lee succumbed 
after a 4 year bout with cancer in 
March. Margaret Tomlin Graves died 
in Feb. Peg was active with the VA 
Center for the Creative Arts and with 
SBC activities. She leaves 2 sons, 1 
daughter, 3 grandsons and 1 
granddaughter. Our deepest sympathy 
goes to their families for their great 
losses. A fabulous spring mini-reunion 
was held in Birmingham, AL. It was 
enjoyed by Ruth Hemphill deSuys, 
Lillian Fowkes Taylor, Martha Jean 
Brooks Ingram, Patricia Potter 



Duncan, Laetitia Seibels 
Frothingham, Katharine Estes 
Johnson '40, Barbara Derr 
Chenowith '38 and Marie Gaffney 
Barry. The legendary southern 
hospitality was overflowing. It was a 
beautiful time of year for a visit and the 
happiest of times for everyone. Lillian 
Fowkes Taylor and Tyler's 1 6 year old 
granddaughter, Ashley Hamilton, was 
chosen a Birmingham Belle as a h.s. jr. 
In her senior year she will wear an 
ante-bellum costume and usher at 
civic affairs and do other civic things. 
Lillian has been an 1 8 year volunteer at 
St. Vincents Hospital one day a week. 
We congratulate her. Lillian and Tyler 
continue to enjoy the Southern 
Seniors' Golf circuit and the good 
dance music at The Club in Birming- 
ham. As a result of the earthquake 
Patricia Potter Duncan is seriously 
considering moving from Palo Alto. 
She is being lured by the Naples group 
and the Birmingham group to their 
areas. She will continue to summer in 
Leiand, Ml. Her travels this year in 
addition to house hunting included a 
cruise on the Delta Queen from New 
Orleans to Memphis with a group from 
Stanford and Princeton. A family 
celebration was held in Feb. for 
Margaret Craighill Price's 70th 
birthday. Their daughters, Sharon '66, 
Margaret '69, Debby '72 and Carolyn 
with their families attended. In April, 
Craigie visited Ann Frothingham Cross 
'66 and her family in NYC. Later in 
April Emory Hill Rex, her sister, 
Beverly Hill Furness '35 and Craigie 
attended Garden Club week in VA. An 
alumnae cocktail buffet was held in 
Washington with Ann Morrison Reams 
and others from SBC in attendance. 
Ethel Gurney Betz and John enjoy their 
grandson, Bobby, born 6/1/89 to 
Jessie and Bob Betz in Williston, VT, 
Their granddaughter is off to college 
this year. Their lives center around 
Sixth Lake in the Adirondacks, 
Mountain Lake, FL and Garden City, 
l\IY. Since Betsy Tower Bennett's loss 
of her husband she has turned her 
attention to home where she has 
added a new kitchen and painted the 
interior. Betsy and her 2 sons. Randy 
and Benj, went to Naples, FL to visit 
friends. She was disappointed to miss 
the SBC luncheon there. Randy is 
assistant dean of the National College 
of Education. Benj has been with Betsy 
since her husband died so she has not 
been alone. These are our last class 
notes before our big reunion. Let's 
hope for a big turnout. It will be the 
most special reunion of all. 



1945 



President 

Anne Dickson Jordan (Mrs. Goodwin 

S.), 1108 Bruton Lane, Virginia Beach, 

VA 23451 

Secretary 

Helen Davis Wohlers (Mrs. Herbert 

C), 2 Cardinal Drive, Brevard, NC 

28712 

Fund Agent 

Anna Chidester Heywood (Mrs. 

William H., Jr.), 5553 Citation Road, 

N., Toledo, OH 43615 



Reunion year means seeing each 
other in person, but there's lots of 
news also from the many cards 
returned. 

Betty Gray Gray retires this year 
after 24 years as an occupational 
therapist for disabled school children. 
She expects to be at reunion and a 
good excuse for future SBC visits is 
the fact that a daughter and 2 
grandchildren live in VA. Good to hear 
from another "Gray", Ellen Gray 
Wilson, who was at SBC 2 years. She 
and her husband are retired and living 
on an island in the state of WA with 
children and grandchildren scattered in 
the west. She volunteers at her local 
thrift shop and is an avid birder. 

Lovah Willcox Gearhart is helping 
with wedding plans for her youngest 
who is an R.N. in San Francisco but 
will be married in Centreville, MD. 
David still preaches part time, but 
mostly he and Lovah are finishing their 
"do-it-yourself" home in time for the 
wedding. Ellen Gilliam Perry writes of 
an operation on her toes which 
incapacitated her for several months. 
When she recovered Marvin slipped on 
the ice and he was laid up for 2 
months! Nevertheless being 
housebound seemed a treat to both of 
them. Home is best! 

Mary Herbert Taylor is vigorously 
pursuing environmental issues, 
organizing Stewardship of the Earth 
groups in SC Episcopal churches for 
the Diocese and she asks all to buy 
Fifty Simpie Things You Can Do to 
Save the Earth and then do them! Pani 
Matton Luckett is living in Louisville, 
KY, wintering in Naples, FL where she 
sees SBC alumnae. She and her new 
husband are in a very happy second 
marriage for both, with all of their 
children living in Louisville. Harriet 
Hazen Harnack lost her 2nd husband 
and is back in Boulder City, NV and 
would enjoy being a tour director for 
anyone coming to Las Vegas. Deen 
Brugger Wetzig hoped to make 
reunion but an annual meeting in Hot 
Springs, VA was just the wrong dates 
and Colorado Springs, CO is a long 



way off. Hedy Edwards Davenport will 
be at the Spoleto Festival in Charles- 
ton, SC with family at reunion time and 
we'll miss her. She keeps active with 
tennis and golf, lots of family and 
travel abroad: an African tent safari last 
fall and the gardens of England and 
Holland last spring. 

Joan Stover Kemper is single now, 
lives in the Ojai Valley 75 miles north 
of Los Angeles, CA, has 4 children all 
married and living far afield plus 6 
grandchildren. She serves on her 
county government board and open 
space committee and is active in local 
cultural affairs, particularly the Music 
Festival and Film Society. The former 
is the same time as reunion, 
unfortunately. Elaine Essary Gill will 
be in Portugal at reunion time and is 
sorry to miss it. She keeps busy with 
Children's Hospital and Smithsonian 
Boards, a little real estate work and 
most of all 4 children and 3 grandchil- 
dren who all live nearby. Jay Skerry 
Tepe did some spring skiing in the CO 
Rockies and a short course at Oxford 
will interfere with reunion, but she 
sends her best to the Sweet Briar 
Roses of '45! Perk Traugott Brown 
definitely enjoys retirement but has 
been busy with the Alumnae Fund. She 
now has 8 grandchildren. Martha 
Holton Glesser fulfilled an almost 50 
year wish by visiting St. Andrews, 
Scotland last Nov. She and her son 
drove 1100 miles in England and 
Scotland and she could do it all again! 
Edie Page Gill Breakell visited Jim 
and Jodie Morgan Hartman in Jan. in 
Charleston, WV and saw Ellen Dodson 
Wightman in Coral Gables, FL. She 
had heard that Joyce Livermore Foust 
would make reunion, but it isn't going 
to work out this time. Joyce and her 
husband, Fred, spend 6 months at 
their lake home in northern Ml and the 
other 6 months at their condo in 
Plymouth, Ml. In between they tour in 
their antique cars, visit some warm 
areas in the winter and enjoy their 4 
grandchildren. Cappy Price Bass 
divides her time between Louisville, KY 
and FL, is expecting grandchild #6 this 
summer in HI and was delighted with 
the Sweet Briar trip to Egypt. Suzanne 
Thomason Atkinson will make reunion 
despite a death in the family and 
involvement in estate settlement. She 
paints in oil, water color, pastels, does 
portraits and pen and ink drawings. In 
fact she is participating in the Art 
Show at SBC and has given some of 
her paintings of the college to be 
auctioned for the Alumnae Fund. I like 
her remark about reunion - "It's like 
being rejuvenated and returning to age 
18." 

Betty Healy Cutler is planning on 
reunion, but her husband, Gordon, has 
been ill with heart trouble. He was a 
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Class of 1945 at Reunion '90 



summer last year having 2 operations 
But the Cutlers are enjoying their 
grandchildren. Leila Barnes Cheatham 
had a family reunion in March of 7 
Leilas aged 88 to 8 and all named for 
her grandmother who died in 1 888. 
SBC reunion will seem tame after that! 
Mary King Oehmig finally had a 
granddaughter after 5 grandsons, all of 
whom live nearby on Lookout 
Mountain. One son, King, is an 
Episcopal priest and recently received 
his Doctorate from U. of South's St. 
Luke's Seminary. Sarah Temple 
Moore will be in St, Maartens at 
reunion time. Last time she and Tom 
were there was during "Hugo" so this 
time should be better. One son. a 
doctor, is moving back to Chattanooga 
and Sarah will be happy to have 4 
grandchildren to spoil close to her. 
She saw her old roommate, Franny 
Estes Seibels in Birmingham where 
Fran keeps busy with children and 
grandchildren (awaiting #10) and 
summers in Canada Mary Symes 
Anderson helped with the Alumnae 
Fund and hopes to make reunion. So 
does Diddy Gaylord Thompson but it 
will depend on how well Arthur has 
recovered from foot surgery. They 
moved out of their 100 year old home 
into an apartment on Staten Island and 
their Long Island home is their official 
address. Another couple making a 
move are Jean Portman Allen and her 
husband, from VA to Cape Cod. David 
is the 13th direct descendant of Elder 
Brewster of the Mayflower %o his roots 
are there. 

Great to hear from Phoebe 
Sweney Woolley now dividing her 



time between Pacific Grove. CA and 
Madeline Island, Wl, an island in Lake 
Superior. She and Craig have 4 
children and expect their 6th 
grandchild this fall. The oldest 
grandchild is graduating from college 
in June! Rosemary Newby Mullen 
suggests name tags for reunion. She 
will be the new president of the 
Women's Club of Bon Air, VA, has 5 
grandchildren and a husband who, 
since retiring, has transformed their 
yard into a garden between golf 
games Barbara Bourke Stovall and 
her husband, David (also retired) enjoy 
life in Virginia Beach with 7 grandchil- 
dren and lots of traveling, as well as 
seeing more SBC alumnae than all of 
the years before. Dickie (Anne Dickson 
Jordan) had a total hip replacement 
last Dec. and is good as new again. 
She and Chick had a lovely week in 
Bermuda in March and will head for 
the Adirondacks again for the summer, 

Lyn Dlllard Grones continues to 
run her tree farm and her Virginia 
Beach house, spend a month in 
Scotland and England when possible 
and most of all spend time af and for 
SBC. After 40 years in NY and MO 
Betty Cocke Wright is back at the old 
family place outside Charlottesville, VA 
and says she will be back for reunion. 
Lib Hicks Pollack lost her daughter, 
Betty to lupus erythematosis last 
summer. We grieve with her. Her 
husband has retired and with their son 
and his wife (from HI) they all visited 
HI last spring. Lib and Julian spent 
Christmas in Barbados and we hope 
they'll travel to reunion too. Peg 
Mueller Haldeman will be in eastern 



Europe at reunion time and manages 
to keep in shape for an annual month 
of CO skiing in the winter. She has 
been active with the San Francisco 
Museum of Modern Art, but is 
especially fascinated by ancient 
Chinese art. 

I talked to Dede Enrlght Aghnldes 
on the phone recently. She sounded in 
good spirits despite battling poor 
health and she still manages a couple 
of days a week at the office, but she 
won't make reunion. Neither will Jane 
Clarke Morrow who not only does 
volunteer work, fills in at the AAA 
office, babysits grandchildren but also 
helps her daughter in her upholstery 
and design shop. And Ann McLean 
Loomis has a grandson graduating 
from h.s. in CO reunion weekend so 
she won't make it to SBC. She has had 
interesting careers since graduation: 
illustrating geology textbooks, teaching 
in an Episcopal school and moving into 
special education, finishing her 
teaching career with blind and deaf- 
blind children. Now she designs toys 
and raises Yorkshire terriers. 

Tutti Hall Peckham says. "Lose 
those pounds, erase those wrinkles 
and turn back the clock". It's reunion 
time again. She is active in church and 
volunteer work, tennis, golf and 
traveling Zu (Betty Zulick Reuter) 
claims she is snowed under being 
President of the Ladies' Golf 
Association this year as well as serious 
public library board duties, and 
keeping track of 19 children and 
grandchildren Mary Kathryn Frye 
Hemphill will be in Spain and Portugal 
in May, in Linville. NC for June and 



July and 2 weeks in August at Sea 

Island. GA with all the family. But 
somehow she will also make reunion. 
And Wyline Chapman Sayler says she 
has done several West Point reunions 
with Henry so now it's her turn. With 
10 grandchildren and 2 of their sons 
and families in St. Petersburg, FL also, 
it's a busy life. 

Julie Mills Jacobsen and Jake will 
be there for reunion but she expects to 
retire from SBC after 21 years and 
plans a long trip to England in the fall. 
A 3rd grandchild, Julia Mary Louise, 
has joined the family and Julie is in her 
3rd term as member of the Bethany 
Beach, DE Town Council and chair of 
the Finance Committee. She has been 
on the front page of the local papers a 
lot lately concerning beach preserva- 
tion and tax issues. She has also been 
elected Chairman of the Board of the 
College University Resource Institute 
and reappointed to the Board of the 
Society of Research Administrators. 
That's where an Art History major gets 
you! 

In 5/89 St. Agnes School. 
Alexandria. VA dedicated a new 3 level 
lower school building to Carol Cox 
MacKinnon. The new MacKinnon Hall 
reflects Carol's 22 years of service to 
St. Agnes as a teacher and educator. 
What a wonderful tribute and we all 
feel pride in Carol's accomplishments. 

I follow in the footsteps of many of 
you watching grandchildren grow and 
doing volunteer work. I manage to 
squeeze in day hikes twice a week, golf 
once a week and some travel. A month 
in New Zealand this winter found me 
hiking the Milford Track. Last fall I 



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biked in the Loire Valley and this fall 
will "bike the dike" in the Netherlands. 
Love hearing from all of you. 



1949 



President 

Fritzie Duncombe Millard (Mrs. Grant 

A.), 134 Green Bay Road, Apt. 301, 

Winnetka.lL 60093 

Secretaries 

Betty Wellford Bennett (Mrs. E. 

Wellford), 702 Libbie Avenue, 

Richmond, VA 23226 

Kitty Hart Belew (Mrs. Chapman H., 

Jr.), 3133 Monument Avenue, 

Richmond, VA 23221 

Fund Agent 

Mary Fran Brown Ballard (Mrs. 

Donnell A.),411 Louella Avenue, 

Wayne, PA 19087 

Our class extends sympathy to the 
family of Joan Becker Taylor who died 
9/1 5/89. We also extend sympathy to 
Alice Trout Hagan upon the death of 
her mother and her brother, Hugh; to 
Preston Hodges Hill whose mother 
Margaret Hodges, died in 12/89, and to 
Jackie Tappen Kern upon the death of 
her mother in 3/90. 

We have a class bride! Jackie 
Jacobs became Mrs. James Liffers 7/ 
7/90 in Charleston, SC. The happy 
couple is building a house on 
Callawassie Island and is staying in 
Jackie Tappen Kern's house in 
Beaufort, SC for the summer. Jackie 
Tappen Kern's son and family have 
moved to Charleston, SC and she is 
distraught without her 2 grandchildren 
nearby. June Eager Finney is similarly 
affected, as 2 of her grandchildren 
moved to Dallas, TX with their parents. 
Patty Levi Barnett and Stevie Stevens 
Webb report tremendous damage to 
their respective SC cities, but they 
survived Hurricane Hugo. Patty 
suffered a double whammy when the 
March frost killed all the peach 
blossoms. No peach crop this year! 
Stevie, Patsy Davin Robinson, and 
Bunny Barnett Brown met at John's 
Island in Feb. They had fun in Disney 
World and, with LIbble Truehart 
Harris, saw Prince Charles play polo. 
Also vacationing this past winter in FL 
was Marilyn Hopkins Bamborough at 
Ft. Myers. 

Betty Wellford Bennett retired 
from teaching and is enjoying her 4 
grandchildren and tripping - so far to 
Canada and Hawaii. Kitty Hart Belew 
enjoyed an Elderhostel trip to England 
and Scotland and another, driving 
through the Cotswolds with her 
daughter. She highly recommends this 
method of traveling now that we have 
reached elder status. Caroline Casey 



McGehee, who was elected president 
of the Minature Book Society, Inc., will 
travel to Glasgow, Scotland for their 
annual conclave. She and Coleman will 
then travel through the English Lake 
Country. They and their entire family 
went to Antigua in March. Martiia 
Query Odell and Harold saw the USA 
by Amtrak in the summer of '89. Alice 
Trout Hagan attended her 45th reunion 
at Stuart Hall where she has been 
elected to the Board of Trustees. She 
then went to Charlottesville where she 
visited Anne Fiery Bryan, and saw Sue 
Corning Mann who had come for 
Garden Week. 

Judy Easley Mak and her entire 
family were in Ft. Lauderdale in Feb. 
and she talked to Pat Brown Boyer 
while in Winter Park. Marie Musgrove 
McCrone and Richard spent Feb. and 
Jan. in Phoenix, AZ and visited Yorke 
and Anne Henderson Bannard at their 
mountainside home in Tucson. Marie 
raved about Ann's sculpture. Judy 
Baldwin Waxter and Bill visited Katie 
Cox Reynolds and Phil at their VT 
house for skiing. Katie is involved with 
the Hartford Performing Arts Center 
and furthering efforts toward more 
affordable housing in West Hartford. 
Ann-Barrett Holmes Bryan enjoyed a 
Christmas cruise through the 
Caribbean and looks forward to visiting 
Alaska. Currently president of the 
Zoological Society of NJ, she and 
husband. Bob, visit many zoos 
throughout the year. Several of her 
photographs have been in Dog and Cat 
Calendars this year. Ann Eustis 
Weimer enjoyed a walking trip of 
Cornwall in England last summer. 
Lindsay Coon Robinson had a great 
trip to AZ and NM. Jean Taylor toured 
southern France and went to the 
British Virgin Islands. She has been 
invited to join the Cosmos Club, so 
long closed to women. June Krebs 
Liversage keeps busy in Unionvillle, 
Ontario by fund-raising for the local 
hospital, the horticultural society, and 
crafts groups. She will visit Ireland this 
summer. 

Sallie Legg DeMartine continues 
with her painting and her new home in 
the NC woods. Kay Veasy Goodwin 
had a nice trip to Bermuda where she 
joined her husband who had sailed 
over. Mary Fran Ballard attended 
Alumnae Council at Sweet Briar last 
Oct. She urges all to continue your 
financial support of the College. Ellen 
Ramsay Clark's son was married in 
Pittsburgh in March. Polly Plummer 
Mackie and Ruttiie Garrett Preucel 
represented our class. On-the-Go 
Ruthie drove to Knoxville where she 
saw Carter VanDeventer Slatery, on to 
Memphis where she saw Ellen, thence 
to Greensboro, NC where she met 
Margaret Towers Talman and they 
visited Kay Bryan Edwards. Kay had 



been on a Danube River trip which 
visited the Balkans, Prague and East 
Berlin. She returned with a piece of the 
Berlin Wall! Kay spent the summer at 
the beach with all her children, their 
spouses and the grandchildren. Mary 
Anne Craft O'Neal wrote from 
Birmingham, AL that she has been 
married 31 years, has 3 fine sons and 
3 grandchildren. Carter Slatery has 5 
grandchildren, the newest of whom 
was baptized at Easter in Memphis. Of 
course. Carter saw Ellen, who has 3 
grandchildren. Caroline Casey 
McGehee is proud of her 5. Fritzie 
Duncombe Millard's son. Brook, is the 
father of her 2 grandchildren. Fritzie 
also has a foster child in Colombia. 
Lindsay Coon Robinson has 5 
grandchildren. Brantly Lamberd 
Boiling has another grandson, Stuart 
Boiling Smith, born to Mary Stuart 
Boiling Smith '81. Libby Truehart 
Harris reports a 2nd grandchild born 
as an aftermath of Hurricane Hugo. 
Sallie Legg DeMartine has finally 
discovered her true identity - she has 2 
grandchildren, Sophie and Rob. 

Debbie Carroll Ziegler is a 
national landscape consultant for The 
Colonial Dames of America and has 
produced a slide lecture on the 
landscapes of various Colonial Dames 
museum properties. Mary Virginia 
Grigsby Mallett has returned to school 
at Butler University to pursue a M.S. in 
counseling. She holds an Eva Wiles 
scholarship. Larry Lawrence Simmons 
is busy with her high school expansion 
and capital campaign in Midland, TX. 
We are delighted to hear that Peggy 
Quynn Maples is so much improved 
and that she can play golf using a cart 
from one hole to another. 

How grand it was to hear from so 
many of you, but sad not to hear from 
all of you. We need 100% participa- 
tion! 



1953 



President 

Mary Kimball Grier (Mrs. E. Bosworth, 

Jr.), 145 Deercliff Road, Avon, CT 

06001 

Secretary 

Isabel Grayson Parish (Mrs. Havner 

H., Jr.), 260 Fearrington Post, 

Pittsboro.NC 27312 

Fund Agent 

Virginia Hudson Toone (Mrs. Russell 

F.), 736 Linwood Boulevard, Kirkwood, 

MO 63122 

As I write this, Hav and I are at 
14,500 feet somewhere over SW 
Georgia headed for Lakeland, FL and 
the Sun 'n Fun Airshow. This 3 hour 
trip from Chapel Hill is a great time to 



do my needlework, (the light is good), 
or work crossword puzzles, (I'm an 
addict), or read Arctic Dreams (by 
Barry Lopez - beautiful!), or, as is the 
case today, to collect my thoughts on 
our class notes. All Hav has to do is fly 
the plane and be Dr. when we get 
there! 

I enjoyed reading and rereading 
your cards. It is so interesting to hear 
about your lives and I do find this job 
delightful. I am very much aware of 2 
threads running strongly through all 
this information. One is that we travel a 
lot and the other, more important, that 
we keep in contact with each other, 
trying to get together often for special 
events, childrens' weddings, mini- 
reunions, etc. This gives me a good 
feeling and leaves me filled with a 
great affection for our class. 
Somebody said that your college 
friends are your friends for the rest of 
your life... I like that, and I believe it. 

WE ARE TRAVELING! Yes, Sweet 
Briar girls do get around. We are found 
all over the globe. Internationally, here 
is where we are: Midge Chase Powell 
- The Netherlands: Jane Perry Liles - 
The Cotswold Hills: Cindy Moorhead 
McNair - Nova Scotia; Anne Elliott 
Caskie - Spain and France; Kirk Tucker 
Clarkson - France (Kirk and Jack were 
guests of the French family with whom 
she lived in Tours during her Jr. Yr. in 
France): Gloria Rawls Askew - Alaska; 
Virginia Dunlap Shelton - Kenya and 
Tanzania (Polly Sloan Shoemaker and 
Jimmy were to have made this trip 
with them but had to cancel at the last 
minute due to a shoulder injury of 
Polly's); Kitty Guerrant Fields - the 
Caribbean; Katty Turner Mears - Costa 
Rica; Anne Joyner Wyman - Portugal, 
Belgium, Egypt, France, Switzerland; 
Anne Lackey - Mexico City; Isabel 
Grayson Parish - The Yucatan, 
Norway, Sweden Faeroe Islands, 
Iceland, Spitzbergen, North Cape, 
Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Guam, 
Palau, Korea, S. Caicos, India, 
Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, The 
Philippines, Venezuela, Trinidad, 
Tobago, Grenada, Curacao and Aruba. 

WE ARE GRANDMOTHERING! 
Does anybody have more than 9? 
(That's my count!) As of this mailing, 
and from those of you who mentioned, 
here's where we stand: Cinnie 
Moorhead McNair has 6; Maggie 
Graves McClung - 4; Anne Elliott 
Caskie - 2; Jane Perry Lyies - 1; Katty 
Turner Mears - 4; Janie Dawson 
Mudwilder - 1 ; Janie Yoe Duggan - 1 
(son of her Wendi, SBC '81); Cathy 
Munds Storek - 3; Kirk Tucker 
Clarkson - 3. 

WE ARE GEHING TOGETHER! 
Cinnie Moorhead McNair and 
husband Norman, busy with beginning 
a 2nd business, took 2 weeks off in 
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Bob in NJ and Joan Brophy Tyree in 
Pawling, NY. Connie Werly Waklee 

and Dave joined them in Pawling for an 
overnight houseparty following West 
Point football. Cinnie says, "Nobody 
has changed one bit!" Of course not! 
Many of you wrote about the 
upcoming marriage of Joan Brophy 
Tyree's son, Tom, in April in Newport, 
Rl. Attending so far will be: Kitty 
Guerrant Fields, Nan O'Keeffe Jane 
Perry Lyies, IVIary Slagg Hamblett, 
Cinnie Moorhead McNalr, and 
perhaps others who did not write. Joan 
writes that Tom is her #1 son, and the 
first to get married and she is as 
excited as the happy couple. Kirli 
Tucker Clarkson and husband Jack 
went to TX in Nov. and were royally 
entertained by Betty Bentsen Winn 
and Tinka Cocke Tarver. Betty and 
Dan invited them to a real Mexican 
feast at their ranch and Kirk says they 
have one ranch with exotic animals 
(rhinos, oryx, etc.) and it was like a 
game drive in Kenya! In San Antonio, 
Jack took a week's judicial course, and 
they enjoyed an evening with Tinka and 
Lewis Tarver. Tinka is a well known 
artist and had a one woman show at 
the McNay Art Museum. According to 
Kirk, her abstract, contemporary 
sculpture is original, powerful and 
fabulous! 

M. A. Mellen Root and John, and 
Maggie Graves McClung and David 
had a wonderful week sailing in the 
Pamlico Sound and Inland Waterway, 
the week before Hugo. Good timing! 
Anne Lackey and Jackie Grubbs 
Crews get together often and Anne 
says Jackie is selling real estate "like 
crazy". Quite successful! Anne is 
retired, plays tennis, gardens and had 
fun on a recent trip to Las Vegas. Nan 
G'Keeffe and Betty Bentsen Winn had 
lunch in McAllen recently. Nan says 
Betty is as lovely and charming as 
ever Kitty Guerrant Fields will visit 
Sallie Wemple Codman after the 
Tyree wedding IVIary Stagg Hamblett 
and family are having a "banner year". 
Brooks has entered Lake Forest (IL) 
College, Marion will be married in 
Simsbury early Aug. and John will be 
married in Bryn Mawr, PA late Sept. 
Many arrangements keep Mary and 
Ken busy, but they are delighted that 
both are taking the step! 

WE ARE STILL MOTHERING! Flo 
Pye Apy's son, Donald, is getting 
married on Maui, HI in Aug. The 
reception will be at the home of the 
bride's parents and Flo says so far, 28 
friends and relatives are going! Jane 
Perry Lyie's daughter. Perry (SBC '85) 
works in the White House at the Dept. 
of National Service, Mr. Bush's volun- 
teer program, and her son Jack is 
building custom homes. To be closer 
to their daughter in Richmond, Anne 
Elliot Caskie and Challen are retiring 



there after moving all up and down the 
east coast. Anne Joyner Wyman and 

husband, Joseph, will attend daughter 
Anneke's graduation this spring in New 
Haven. Gloria Rawls Askew's younger 
daughter. Janis. was married last June 
and is expecting Glona's first grand- 
child in April. Her older daughter, 
Allyson, is a pediatric surgeon in 
private practice in Fairfax, VA. Anne 
Green Stone's daughter, Sara, gradu- 
ated from SBC last year and will be 
married in Aug. Daniel Codman. son of 
Sallie Wemple Codman is starting to 
think college and has fallen in love with 
W&L. Sallie says all the talk is "Go 
South young man!" She says Daniel is 
tall, slim, blond and very good looking. 
I say he's got good taste! Sallie is still 
in real estate and loves it Janie Yoe 
Duggan's 3 girls are busy in the world. 
Wendi (SBC '81 ) is a travel agent in 
Atlanta; Randi is married to a UVA law 
graduate and lives in Norfolk, and Jane 
is an anesthesiologist at Emory. 
Eleanor Johnson Ashby's son Linden 
is on a Fox show shown only on the 
west coast. His wife, Susan, joined the 
cast of Dear John as Mary Beth. 
Eleanor is still with Leadership Jack- 
sonville and loves it. Also in Jackson- 
ville is Kirk Tucker Clarkson's daugh- 
ter Polly who recently headed an 
Antigue Show there that netted 
$200,000 for the Children's Hospital! 
Anne Locke Rasa's daughter Mary 
Nelm, is still at home getting a masters 
in human resources (psychology to us 
oldies, says Nan) and working in her 
dad's office Midge Chase Powell's 
youngest daughter graduates with a 
masters in fine arts in June. Ben, son 
of Patti Tjghe Walden, graduated from 
Villanova (PA) and is now an actuary. 
Daughter Emily is a senior at Trenton 
State Katzy Bailey Nager's son just 
returned from India. Joan Brophy 
Tyree's #2 son, David, anticipates a 
semester in France, so she hopes this 
will be an excuse for another trip for 
"mom". #3, Johnny, is stationed in 
Germany and joined her during her trip 
to Spain and Egypt Joan Arey 
Harrison's daughter, Stephanie, was 
married in Oct. and lives in Houston. 
Her youngest daughter, Tracey, lives 
and works in Chicago. Joan and Chuck 
live in Wilmington, NC now. Expectant 
grandparents for the 1 st time this year 
are: Virginia Dunlap Shelton, Midge 
Chase Powell, Katzy Bailey Nager, 
and Maggie Graves McClung Maggie 
writes, "The words 'over the river and 
through the woods' took on a whole 
new meaning for us over the holidays. 
Four little bodies, 2 1/2 and under, 
really had Grandmother's house 
jumping. And, by next Thanksgiving, 
we'll have 5, 3 and under. What more 
can I say?". 

WE ARE INVOLVED! Just this 
minute, received as I type this up, is a 



wonderful card, fat with news from 
Ginger Timmons Ludwick She says 
that real estate gave her an enormous 
year in '89 and things were moving like 
a bargain basement sale. She started 
the So. Cal. Population Crisis Commit- 
tee with a Stanford friend, and helped 
launch the 1st "Philharmonic Ball" on 
the stage of the Music Center Pavilion 
- Henry Mancini conducting! Now 
she's doing acguisitions for the Cos- 
tume Council of LA City Museum of 
Art. Most fun is developing a 
WalkWear line called Jabberwalk which 
she hopes to introduce this fall. Ends 
by saying she's hardly left the county 
in 2 years! I can't imagine why! Midge 
Chase Powell is heavily involved in 
resident real estate. She's an avid 
aerobic person and she and Bill con- 
tinue to trek and climb. Nan O'Keefe is 
still in politics and holds 2 part time 
jobs. She works for Congressman Bill 
Archer (R Texas) and says the job is 
great fun, overwhelming, and a college 
course in Government combined. She 
is also involved in a Pro-Choice (but 
moderate) movement to keep the Roe 
vs Wade law from being overturned 
totally. Katty Turner Mears is a mem- 
ber-at-large of Garden Club of America 
and is on Boards of Chesapeake Bay 
Foundation and St. Catherine's School. 
Alumnae Director Ann Morrison 
Reams wrote me, "We heard from 
several alumnae in VA that they en- 
joyed seeing and hearing Katty Turner 
Mears speak. She is very much in- 
volved with the Association for the 
Preservation of Virginia Antiquities as 
well as with the Garden Club of Vir- 
ginia and of America." Janie Dawson 
Mudwilder retired from the City 
Council but is still on the Vestry at her 
church. She gave up real estate after 
20 years and is playing more bridge. 
(Hooray!) Virginia Robh retired from 
full time teaching but does some 
tutoring and subbing. She now lives in 
her hometown of Grosse Point, Ml. 
Mary Kimball Grier and husband Bos 
(just retired in Feb.) are renovating a 
beach house in Madison, CT. She says 
it is exciting but a full time job. Kay 
Amsden had a sabbatical leave in the 
fall of '89 to develop a new course in 
Sports Statistics. She also aftended a 
professional meeting in Williamsburg, 
VA. I was sorry to learn that her 
mother had died in Feb. after a brief 
illness. Flo Pye Apy is running for her 
7th 3-yr. term on the School Board. 

According to a news clip from The 
News and Daily Advance of Lynchburg, 
VA, 7/23/89, Lynchburg will be trying 
an experimental Family Court and Dale 
Hotter Harris is charged with develop- 
ing procedures for the new court. Dale 
explains, "It's just a question of trying 
to get all family law matters in one 
court with a judge who has family law 
expertise." Another honor for our 



already accomplished Dale. Nan Locke 
Rosa, still a travel agent, had thought 
of stopping and taking up golf again, 
but didn't because she's "too hooked". 
She and Frank want one last trip to 
Paris in the fall of '90 and they are 
giving time for Frank's cataract surgery 
to heal. 

A LAST MINUTE THOUGHT: If you 
thought you never wanted to visit 
India, THINK AGAIN! Hav and I, with a 
car and driver, visited the National 
Parks of Northern India, saw Bengal 
tigers in the wild from atop elephant 
backs, stayed in castles and hunting 
lodges of former Maharajas, intoxi- 
cated ourselves with the beauty and 
mystique of the Taj Mahal. Yes, in 
many places it was a dusty cauldron of 
teeming humanity where we shared 
the narrow, unpaved, potholed roads 
with elephants, camels, oxen, buses, 
pushcarts, rickshaws, dogs and 
crippled pedestrians, but no place have 
I been that was more romantic, more 
exciting, more exotic. There exists in 
India a certain dignity with pockets of 
gallantry, politeness and refinement 
that I have seen in no other country. 
Go there and you'll see it. Do not cross 
India off your travel list. Handcraft and 
artwork are exceptional. 

PARTING SHOTS SELECTED 
FROM YOUR CARDS: "Love you all 
and value my SBC experience more 
each year " Patti Tighe Walden "Your 
trip to India sounds wonderful. Please 
write a lot about it for the bulletin, I am 
interested in trips, especially yours." 
Dorothea Fuller. "We are all miles 
from S. Lake Tahoe and would love to 
see any classmates who come this 
way " Anne Green Stone "The won- 
derful changes in Ben's native Czecho- 
slovakia have made our lives happier 
than ever! " Cathy Munds Storek. 
"Classmates please give us a call! We 
are in the Westerly, Rl phonebook." 
Mary Stagg Hamblett 

Sweet thoughts to leave you with, 
from a very special Sweet Briar group, 
the class of 1953! Love til next time. 



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1957 



President 

Nannette McBurney Crowdus 

(Mrs.William.W., Ill), 580 Leonard 

Road, Spring Lake, Ml 49456 

Secretary 

Jane Fitzgerald Trelierne-Thomas 

(IVIrs. Jeremy), 527 Cochran Street, 

Sewickley, PA 15143 

Fund Agent 

Cynttiia Wilson Ottaway 

(Mrs. John P., Jr.), P.O. Box 160, 

Walloon Lake, Ml 49796 

Welcome to another action-packed 
column of class notes! The cultural, 
spiritual, academic, legal and athletic 
life of the greater USA seems to be 
firmly in control of the Class of '57. 
The blue ribbon class is everywhere 
including the search committee for the 
new president of SBC. 

Nancy Godwin Baldwin took an 
"out of this world cruise" in March; the 
SBC-AA sponsored Renaissance 
Cruise around Indonesia touching 
Singapore, Bali, Sulawesi, Alores, 
Flores, Komodo (yes she did see the 
Dragons) and ending up in Hong Kong. 
Carroll Weltzel Rivers sent disturbing 
news that fortunately had a happy 
ending. Buist had a heart attack 12/89 
but was admitted to the hospital in 
time to receive TPA, the miracle drug, 
which stopped the attack and there 
was no damage. Ten days later he 
underwent triple by-pass surgery, and 
is now fully recovered and back to fox 
hunting, chain-sawing trees felled by 
Hugo, and working. Carroll is having 
great success with her art - accepted 
in 6 national shows in '89. Buist III is 
marrying in Oct. and Reinette is 
married and living near Cambridge. 
Diane Duffleld Wood sends GREAT 
news of a baby boy birthday present 
from daughter Kay - born on Duffy's 
Dec. birthday! The Woods also have an 
Oct. wedding - their son is marrying a 
girl from Akron. Duffy is Ladies Golf 
Chairman at her club this summer so 
will be staying close to home. Jim 
Rawley writes, "Our big news is the 
arrival of #3 grandchild, named James 
and said by old hands to have a 
"Buddy" look. Ann and I depart mid- 
April for Germany where I will teach at 
the Univ. of Hanover. Expect it will be 
an exciting time to be in Germany and 
lecturing on the American Civil War 
with all its implications for a divided 
nation and freedom. My new book, 
entitled Secession: The Disruption of 
the American Republic, 1844-1861, is 
just out." (Sorry we couldn't take the 
Rawley's offer of free beer for a class 
reunion in Hanover - they left in mid- 
July). 

Jody Raines Brinkley loves her 



work at SBC for the Alumnae and 
Directors Boards, and has taken up 
golf to which she is now addicted! 
Jody writes that time has been a great 
healer in the 15 months since Art's 
death; and how delighted she is to 
have daughter Derby and son Randy 
living only 10 minutes away - plus 2 
stepchildren living in Richmond. I\lews 
from HI that Carolyn Scott Arnold and 
Mark celebrated their 9th anniversary 
in July. They adore HI and plan to stay 
on after Mark retires. Scottie and Mark 
play Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus each 
year in their local neighborhood parade 
which is followed by a line of little ones 
to tell Santa their wishes. They now 
have 9 grandchildren. The President of 
the Alumnae Association, our very own 
Nannette McBurney Crowdus has seen 
lots of '57 friends in her travels includ- 
ing a March visit with Babs Falge 
Openshaw in DC. Nannette and Chips 
Chao Pal served together on the 
Presidential Search Committee. 
Nannette's consulting business, NMC 
Associates, is picking up and keeps 
her traveling between trips for the 
Alum. Assoc. Barbara Tetzlaff has a 
new address: 2825 Sacramento Street, 
San Francisco, CA 941 1 5, and is still 
practicing law, specializing in estate 
planning. Her office is at home so "it 
makes for a great commute". Still 
loves San Francisco after 15 years, and 
sings (tenor!) in her church choir 
which performed the Mozart Requiem 
in April. Jane Best Wehland wrote her 
card on her 32nd wedding anniver- 
sary! She anticipates her 35th class 
reunion at St. Mary's in Raleigh, NC; 
and she and her husband. Chuck, plan 
a trip to Germany this fall where their 
son-in-law is stationed. Mary Anne 
Van Dervoort Large, her husband Bob 
and their daughter Mary Kathryn (who 
will be a freshman at UVA this fall), 
had a glorious trip to Puerto Rico in 
March. Bob is now Group Executive 
Officer for Sovran Financial Corp. with 
a wide territory to cover and Mary 
Anne hopes to go along on some of his 
trips. In Virginia Beach, VA Betty 
Murden MIchelson is still practicing 
law, and her son is back in school and 
living at home. We have our own class 
travel agent in Dallas: Faye Rathgaber 
Willis who is traveling to South Africa, 
New Zealand, Russia and selected 
spots in the USA building the travel 
agency's volume and "having a ball". 
Their middle daughter is being married 
in May. Susan Ragland Abrahamson 
has a new address: 5085 Casa Drive, 
Tarzana, CA 91356, as well as a new 
name: Mrs. James A. Abrahamson 
(which we gave you in this column last 
year!). Loyal card senders like Susan 
keep us on top of the NEWS! Suzy 
Neblett Stephens and Bob Lee had a 
wonderful winter vacation on Cat Cay 
where they are building a new house. 



Their eldest and youngest sons and 
their families have moved to Irvington, 
home of the famous Tides Inn, to learn 
the resort business and Suzy and Bob 
Lee are thrilled. Chips Chao Pal's elder 
son, Ben, married his college (Duke) 
sweetheart, Susan Scott. Their 
younger son, Mike, is in Washington, 
DC on a project for Andersen Consult- 
ing. Chips and David were in HI in 7/89 
and had a great visit with Carolyn 
Scott Arnold and Mark; and this past 
Jan. they toured Egypt which was 
"fascinating ". Margie Scott Johnson is 
still involved with the NC Symphony 
and trying to get Earl to take time off to 
travel. They welcomed their 1st grand- 
children last year; Earl IV and Margery 
Scott Springer both of whom live 
nearby. Marjorie Whitson Aude is very 
busy with her Presbytery: serving on 3 
committees. Visits from her children 
and grandchildren keep her hopping 
and with 2 more weddings, Laurie to 
Dan Gehring last March and Lois in 
Oct., it looks as though the hopping 
will continue! Fritz still plays basketball 
and has planted black walnuts for 
veneer logs as a retirement project. 
They both still square dance. Charlotte 
Heuer de Serio writes that Fran had 
open-heart surgery 7/89 and is doing 
well. They spent a month in FL this 
past winter and will resume globe- 
trotting in Oct. with a trip to London 
and Paris. Moore McCllntock bought 
a computer and is hooked! She still 
plays lots of golf and does volunteer 
work relating to golf and fund-raising. 
We hope to see Jock and Stella on 
Nantucket in Aug. From Old Lyme, CT 
June Heard Wadsworth writes that 
their youngest son Jay is marrying in 
June, Steve is still working in L.A. and 
Rob, the eldest, and his family live in 
MA. June is still doing lots of volunteer 
work, Frank is also working hard but 
they both love to travel whenever 
possible. Carol McMurtry Fowler's 
riverboats are "running like crazy"! 
Kim was deeply involved with Ann 
Richard's campaign for TX governor; 
they are longtime friends and Kim set 
up one of Ann Richards' investigative 
units for State Treasury. Dudley is 
enjoying semi-retirement and is into 
administrative law now. Elaine Floyd 
Fisher's daughter, Evangeline, who 
spent her freshman year at SBC 
graduated in June from Occidental 
College with honors in history. Anne 
Gwinn Fox and Jay are still happy in 
Richmond, and Anne is celebrating her 
1 0th year as librarian at The Collegiate 
School. Their 2 younger sons are at 
W&L; their son John is married and 
living in Atlanta and daughter Sarah 
and husband, an Air Force Captain, live 
in Los Angeles. Aileen Laing will be 
hosting the SBC Alumnae trip to 
Istanbul and the Greek Isles in Oct. and 
urges us to join the trip for a mini '57 



reunion! Chris Smith Lowry and Britt 
are grandparents "at last". Their first, a 
boy. Wade Chaplin Morgan, arrived in 
March. Ann Frasher Hudson writes in 
the midst of exciting plans for 2 major 
events! She is planning the Aspen 
Institute 40th anniversary Seminar in 
Aug. with Margaret Thatcher as princi- 
pal speaker. This will be followed by 
her daughter's wedding on 9/8. And 
just to get her warmed up, Ann will 
have been chairman for a dance 
weekend in San Antonio in May! Anne 
Melton KImzey visited Charleston, SC, 
her hometown, after the hurricane and 
feels that "what matters is that all the 
people are well - their homes can be 
repaired!" Flo Barclay Winston writes 
her version of the famous 2 Dew 
reunion at Figure Eight Island, NC 
which gathered together the Winstons, 
Margie and Earl Johnson, Joy and 
Jimmie Massey, Jody Brinkley, Suzy 
and Bob Lee Stephens, Saynor and 
Buddy Ponder, and Sandra and Jim 
Stingily. Flo reports: "Everyone looked 
the same as in 1 957. No one had any 
wrinkles, weight problems or gray hair. 
Even the energy level was the same. 
Only my memory seems to be giving 
me a problem." And now for some 
news from western PA. Jane 
Campbell Englert writes from 
Manorville, PA that her son Stephen 
married last July and her 2nd grand- 
daughter was born to son Tom in Feb. 
Jane has become senior warden of St. 
Paul's Church in Kittaning and is also 
teaching reading, senior English and 
TELLS remediation at Dayton M.S. She 
and her husband spent the winter 
putting her father's history of all the 
churches of the Diocese of West 
Virginia while he was bishop (1950- 
1975) on to a word processor and 
printing it out to go to the printer's in 
April. Many of us will remember 
Bishop Campbell from his visits to the 
campus during our 4 years residence. 
Jeremy and I are still deeply involved 
with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and we 
are having tremendous fun with our 
boat the Casablanca which we keep on 
Lake Erie. We spent Thanksgiving in 
England - eating fresh trout in the 
depths of Somerset on Thanksgiving 
Day! We celebrated our 25th wedding 
anniversary in grand style on 2/24 here 
in Sewickley - my how time flies when 
you're having f un ! My thanks to you all 
for your cards that brought so much 
news to share with our classmates. 



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1961 



President 

Barbara Childrey Fowler (Mrs. Calvin 

W.), 461 Maple Lane, Danville, VA 

24541 

Secretary 

Louise Cobb Boggs (Mrs John F), 

206 East Brook Run Drive, Richmond, 

VA 23233 

Fund Agent 

Jeanne Bounds Hamilton (Mrs. D. 

Ross), 130 East End Avenue, New 

York, NY 10028 

I'd like to thank Wllloughby 
Applegate Ansell for substituting for 
me last year. She did such a good job 
that I hereby nominate her as my 
successor when my term expires next 
year! Thanks for the news from all who 
wrote. Considering how many of us 
have recently hit the big 50. we are still 
an extraordinarily energetic and 
productive bunch! 

PattJ Anderson Warren continues 
on the staff of Marin County 
Commission on the status of women 
and is also President ot the Marm (CA) 
County School Board. Husband Rob is 
bridge manager for Golden Gate 
Bridge. Mark graduated from UC- 
Davis, was married in March, and is a 
computer engineer for Hewlett 
Packard. Michael is in school at San 
Luis Obispo. In Nov. Patti visited 
Simone Aubry who is in her 7th year 
as Joan Kennedy's personal secretary. 
She lives in Sudbury, MA with her 2 
"teenage" Siamese cats who 
entertained her while she recuperated 
from recent arthroscopy on her knee. 
She helped in 50th birthday celebra- 
tions for Betty Pease Hopkins in CI 
and Anne Farnam in Salem, MA as 
well as her own. Easter, Simone went 
to Charlottesville with Bessie Smith 
Flynn '58 and then on to Spartanburg, 
SC to visit Ginger Lutz Stephen 

Hurricane Hugo created problems 
for several. Miss Em Whaley Whipple 
says there is "no way to describe the 
violence" of the storm. She was 
fortunately not in Charleston when it 
struck. Although our condo at Myrlie 
Beach, SC received only minor 
damage, others were not so fortunate. 
Janna Staley Fitzgerald and Bob have 
been living in an apartment in 
Charlotte, NC since Hugo toppled a 
huge oak tree and practically leveled 
their house. Wllloughby Applegate 
Ansell says that Janna, Bob and family 
were lucky to get out alive! Except for 
missing her garden, Janna is enjoying 
apartment living. Son Scott is at 
Rhodes College in Memphis, and the 
oldest, Robert, is out on his own. 
Willoughby's daughter Susan got 
married in Waxhaw, NC just after Hugo 



came through. To quote Wllloughby: 
"The house was loaded with relatives 
hauling water from the lake to put in 
the toilets, cooking rotting food from 
the freezer and burying the rest, and 
sponging on friends for showers. 
Someone asked before the wedding, 
'How bad can it be?' Well, Susan Is 
happily married, and I know how to 
use a chainsaw!" When not using her 
chainsaw, Wllloughby is showing her 
mare locally and doing quite well 
because, as she says, "the competition 
is about 9-1 years old and susceptible 
to tears. They are always crying and 
I'm always winning! It pays to get 
old!" Willo reports that Lynn Adams 
Clark IS a grandmother. 

Hugo's rampage coincided with 
moving day for Nancy Paige 
Wllkerson Pruitt and her family. 
Luckily, Hilton Head was spared. Both 
of their girls are working, and only 
Neil, Jr. is still home where he attends 
Hilton Head h.s. and keeps Paige busy 
attending all of his sports events. 
FeeFee Mathews KInnlcutt in 
Bloomfield, CT, still plays a lot of golf. 
Plays in Pinehurst every spring and 
played in the Woman's National 
Amateur Golf Championship there in 7/ 
89. Bette Hutchlns Sharland continues 
her joyful retirement from the public 
schools and enioys belonging to an art 
appreciation club. Marta Tucker 
Stover lives in Greenville, SC. Husband 
Bob is celebrating 10 years of heading 
his own mechanical contracting 
company. Like her older sister, their 
youngest is in nursing. She is 
graduating and getting married in May. 
Marta is studying in a pharmacy tech 
program and hopes to become a wage- 
earner by 3/91. 

The Celia Dunn Realty Company 
keeps Cella Williams Dunn and Larry 
busy. Their son Lawrence is 
completing his first year in medical 
school at the Medical College of GA in 
Augusta and lives in Kay Dienst Allen's 
('62) garden cottage. Daughter Celia is 
finishing her soph, year at U. of CO 
where she is a dance major. During an 
Atlanta alumnae gathering in Feb., 
Celia saw many alums, including 
Nancy Coppedge Lynn who writes that 
she and her partners have moved their 
shop, A French Country Connection, to 
a cottage in Buckhead where they have 
more room for their unique items. In 
May she and Jerry were going to 
England to drive around Devon and 
Cornwall. In Jan. she spent the night in 
St. Petersburg, FL with Susie Phillon 
Babcock who looks great and is 
writing a novel! Speaking of authors, 
another of our class celebs has a new 
book out Molly Haskell Sarrls has 
published Love and Other Infectious 
Diseases (William Morrow & Co. 
Press) in which she explores herself, 
her marriage to film-critic Andrew 



Sarris, and the effect of his now- 
recovered-from serious illness on their 
lives. The New York Times of 4/5/90 
notes that "she has taken disease and 
love and out of them made a 
completely arresting picture of life." 
Molly also was selected 1 1/89 as 
artistic head for the Saratoga (FL) 
French Film Festival, the first in the US 
devoted solely to French films. The 
committee under Molly included such 
notables as Glen Close, Douglas 
Fairbanks, Jr., Norman Mailer, Gregory 
Peck, Elie Wiesel and Jean Firstenberg. 

To indicate further that we are not 
short on talent, I received news of a 
recent Birmingham Museum of Art 
exhibit featuring 4 AL artists, one of 
whom was Catherine Caldwell 
Cabanlss. In the exhibit catalogue 
Catherine speaks of the powerful 
ability of paint to "convey messages, 
both intentional and unintentional." 
Her work often utilizes symbols which 
"represent crosscurrents of creativity 
... and the dilemma of ... the balance 
between technology and nature." In 
her card to me Catherine does not 
mention her art, probably because she 
is busy helping her husband Billy in his 
campaign for the U.S. Senate. John 
and I saw evidence of this at a U. of AL 
football game this fall in Tuscaloosa, 
as a plane trailed a "Cabanlss for 
Senate" banner and signs were 
everywhere. Good luck to Billy in Nov.! 
Catherine had lunch in NYC with 
Jeanne Bounds Hamilton and Molly 
Haskell. 

Betty Yeager Powell lives In 
Burlington, NC where she is 
telemarketing director for Carolina 
Biological Co. She is also on the 
Executive Mansion Fine Arts 
Committee and the UNC Board of 
Visitors. Her 3 children are in college: 
a daughter is a senior at Salem, a son 
a senior at Elon, and a daughter a 
soph, at UNC-CH. Winifred Storey 
Davis's oldest son, Frank 111, was 
married 6/89 to Emily Adams of 
Memphis. They live in Atlanta where 
Frank is in Emory Law School. 
Frederick is finishing his degree at GA 
State U. after running a business for 3 
years. Gordon is at Prescott. Winifred 
says life seems to still be governed by 
an academic calendar except that she 
and Tred don't get the vacations! Lou 
Chapman Hoflman's news is also ot 
sons in college. Donald is class of '91 
at Amherst, and Richard class of '93 at 
Dartmouth., On top ot all of her other 
involvements at SBC, Judy Greer 
Schuiz is enjoying being a student 
there again taking Italian in preparation 
for daughter Cecily's upcoming 
marriage in Sept. to a "delightful Italian 
fellow." Son Garth works for a senator 
in D.C. and plans to attend law school 
in the fall. 

A retiree from the real estate field. 



Susan Cone Scott is enjoying 
Alexandra's last year at home before 
college. Alexandra, a National Merit 
Finalist, has been doing photographic 
modeling and keeps Susan busy going 
to all the local nightspots where she 
performs on the guitar, singing and 
playing her own compositions (music 
and lyrics)! Frederick (15) builds 
model airplanes, works with model 
rockets, and started scuba diving 
lessons Ann Worboys Buske writes 
from Syracuse, NY that Dana (16) who 
is active in drama, student govern- 
ment, and Amnesty International, was 
inducted into the National Honor 
Society. Rachel (1 2) is an honor roll 
student who is on the yearbook staff 
and was high scorer on the school 
soccer team Peggy Parr Gallagher 
lives in Columbia, MD where she 
manages the office for 70 real estate 
agents. She and John have 2 children: 
Andy (27) and Anne (24). She enjoys 
seeing Cozy Owlngs Grant who lives in 
nearby Lutherville. 

Fran Brackenrldge Neumann 
heads "Day One". Pasadena, CA's 
mobilization effort to reduce alcohol 
and drug related problems. Her group 
hopes "to prove to the nation that 
legalization of drugs is not the way to 
go. Prevention is harder, but we think 
it works!" In Athens, GA Anne 
Hamilton Dure and Leon moved into 
their new house whose builder is 78 
years old! Now that their sons are all 
out on their own, Suzanne Seaman 
Berry has accompanied Fritz on trips 
to South America and Panama. They 
arrived in Panama on the same day as 
the OAS during the elections. Fritz got 
caught briefly in a mob where Noreiga 
supporters drew weapons as Suzanne 
watched in horror from across the 
street! The Berrys also enjoyed a 
family trip to Spain, and they 
frequently see Rue Wallace Judd, Patti 
Powell Pusey ('60), and Lucy Canary 
Church. In the last 6 years Suzanne 
Carr Fitzgerald and IVIichael have lived 
in Jamaica, Australia, VA, AZ, and now 
CA. She has 2 granddaughters, Lauren 
(2 1/2) and Kathleen (6 mos.). Mary 
Gelleson Adams lives in Garland, ME 
near Bangor where husband Thatcher 
practices law. Thatcher, Jr., a Sewanee 
graduate, works for an advertising firm 
outside Boston, and daughter Emily 
will graduate from Hillsdale College in 
'91 . Mary is involved in a campaign to 
save ME's sheriffs from legislative 
attempts to reduce their authority. She 
says an elected county sheriff can be a 
great safeguard for the citizens. 

After 20 years in Westfield, Julie 
O'Nell Arnheim and family moved to 
Princeton, NJ where they live only a 
few blocks from campus. Leiia (16), 
Patrick (14), and Richard (13) attend 
public schools and are Involved in 
sports, rock groups, and attending 



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university functions. Julie is still an 
information chemist for Atochem 
North America. The family spent Easter 
in San Francisco, and Julie drives to 
Knoxville every 6 or 8 weeks to check 
on her father. Linda McArthur Hollis 
also moved recently when husband 
Bob was promoted at Pfizer. They are 
in Lyme, CT where she plays lots of 
tennis and volunteers. Son Scott, his 
high school's valedictorian, is finishing 
his 1 St year at Amherst. Jennifer, who 
worked last summer at Yale for the '89 
Nobel chemistry laureate, will graduate 
PBK from Amherst and go to medical 
school at either Johns Hopkins or 
UCSF in the fall. Judy Rhorer Schultz 
says life is getting simpler. They sold 
their Erie house, bought a condo on 
the lake and a townhouse in Pittsburgh 
where they spend most of their time. 
The twins have graduated from 
college. One works for Merrill-Lynch in 
Pittsburgh and the other is waiting to 
hear from law schools. Youngest son 
is a soph, at Duke. 

Babs Childrey Fowler reports lots 
of changes; Calvin has been appointed 
a judge; their first grandchild (a girl) 
was born to son Woody and his wife 
Sue; and another is expected to 
daughter Quincy and Tom in Sept. 
Their youngest son Charlie finished 
college so they are through with 
tuitions! Penny Stanton Meyer still 
teaches 1st grade in a one room 
school near Woodstock, VT and lives 6 
miles from a hard-top road about 40 
mins. from Dartmouth College. Son 
David, a jr. at Bowdoin, will spend his 
fall semester in Equador studying 
environmental issues. Susannah, a 
soph, at U. of VT, is taking a semester 
off to soak up sun in Tucson. For the 
first time in 4 years Sara Finnegan 
Lycett managed to get the entire family 
together in the same place at the same 
time. The occasion was the marriage 
of her step-daughter Merry in Salt Lake 
City. When she wrote, Sara was getting 
ready for a week in Paris where she 
was to present a speech at the 
International Congress on Copyright- 
ing and then on to London 2 weeks 
later for a business trip with her 
husband. Sheila Haskell Smith was 
also ready for 3 weeks in England and 
Scotland. Son Brian is with Tower 
Classics (Opera Division), Kirsten is in 
grad school at U. of CT, and Meghan 
will graduate from Western Reserve 
Academy in June. Sheila still raises 
money for the Cleveland Orchestra. 
She, Lynn, and Meghan will return to 
Eston's Ranch in WY this summer. 

Ann Gregg Mciver is still Deputy 
Commissioner at NYC Social Service 
Agency running the Medicaid Home 
Care Program. Husband Bruce 
resigned as Pres. of Long Island RR 
and is finally relaxing, consulting, and 
enjoying the absence of stress! 



Although Ann feels that she should be 
able to report that all 5 kids are out on 
their own, 4 are still at home: Elizabeth 
(23) is at NYU, Matthew (18) is at 
John Jay College, Melanie (1 7) is at 
school during the week but at home on 
the weekends, and Molly (12) is a h.s. 
jr. Kathryn (20) is at U. of Wl at 
Madison. Ann and Molly enjoyed a 
vacation together in Cancun, Mexico, 
though "disco dancing 'til the wee 
hours was a strain!" Ann says that 
amazingly she's been married to the 
same man for 24 years, living in the 
same house for 20 years, and 
surviving. ..though sometimes just 
barely, given 5 children! 

Mary Denny Scott Wray and 
Michael are settled in Richmond. Their 
youngest son graduated from college 
in May. Also in Richmond is Susie 
Prichard Pace who claims to have no 
exciting news, but says she enjoys 
everyone else's. Lynne Nalley Coates 
writes from Virginia Beach that she's 
still teaching LD students and working 
on a writing career with 2 small 
publications so far! Husband Glynn is 
a psychology prof at ODU and consults 
at psychiatric hospitals. Son Chris is 
finishing his PhD at U. of FL. He and 
wife Mary plan to teach in Paris for a 
couple of years. Thomas (father of 
Jessica - 3) has a home improvement 
business and is finishing his degree at 
ODU in political science. Youngest son 
Collyn, who finally finished growing at 
6'7", works for Thomas and goes to 
community college. Jill Babson Carter 
is also writing. She just had her 2nd 
poem accepted by The Nation and 
hopes someday there will be a volume 
of poetry with her name on it! She and 
Marty love being in their own empty 
nest in NYC, in the country in CT 
whenever possible, and traveling 
around the world on Marty's lecture 
trips. They look forward to being in 
Leipzig and Dresden this fall. When 
she wrote, Jill and her mother had just 
returned from 3 weeks in India and 
Nepal. 

News from abroad: Sue Bell 
Davles lives in Cardiff, S. Wales. She 
teaches deaf teenagers and plans to 
train to teach physically handicapped. 
Her husband works for himself in P.R., 
and they have 4 adopted children: 2 
girls (18 & 17) and 2 boys (16 & 14). 
Sue also runs a Bed and Breakfast, 
does private tutoring, is involved with 
the Scandinavian sport of orienteering, 
and travels a lot! Her card was mailed 
from Flagstaff, AZ. Anne Semmes 
Stauropoulos is still in Athens where 
she rides and volunteers in a 
therapeutic riding group. Her younger 
son Alexi returned home after 
University and is doing his military 
service, and her older son Paul lives in 
VT. Caan, France, is home for Robin 
Wawro Bataillon. She still teaches 



English as a foreign language and 
since 1985 has been an interpreter at 
the court of appeals in Caan. One of 
her sons is in his 4th year of med. 
school in France, and the other 
finishes his undergrad. work in France 
this year and has been admitted to the 
Harvard MBA program. Robin gets 
back to the States every year to visit 
relatives in New England. Willia Pales 
Eckerberg finds this an exciting time to 
be in Germany and looks forward to 
seeing the revival of cities like Dresden 
and Leipzig and those of other eastern 
bloc countries as they begin to 
participate in the rest of the world after 
50 to 70 years of isolation. 

All is well with the Boggs. Husband 
John is occupied with the insurance 
business and golf, not necessarily in 
that order! I'm still practicing law and 
also serve as VP of the local 
Community Services Board and as a 
member of the U. of Richmond Law 
School Alumnae Board of Directors. 
Alice just completed her 1st year at the 
U. of AL in Tuscaloosa where she's a 
Kappa Delta. Jay is a h.s. jr. involved in 
varsity football and lacrosse. Alice and 
I enjoyed an early spring trip to 
London and the Cotswolds, and John 
and I just returned from a few days of 
R&R in the Bahamas. I heard recently 
from R. B. Burks Emerywho will 
graduate from W&L Law School in 
May! Now who says that at our age 
we're headed downhill? I also talked to 
Bee Newman Thayer. She says all is 
well with her family, and she looks 
forward to our upcoming reunion in 
1991 1 Start your plans NOW! 



1965 



President 

Whitney Jester Ranstrom 

(Mrs. Lee W.), Rt. 5, Box 636-AW, 

Canyon Lake, TX 78133 

Secretary 

LIbba Hanger Luther 

(Mrs. Stephen W.), 973 Willow Run 

Lane, Winter Springs, FL 32708 

Fund Agent 

Julie Bradshaw Sackett 

(Mrs. Henry M., Ill), 952 Rothowood 

Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503 

Notes by previous secretary, Sally 
Wright Hyde: 

Our 25th reunion was a great 
success with 43 classmates (3 hus- 
bands and no children) returning for 
the festivities. Lack of space on the 4th 
floor of Meta Glass, our home base, 
sent us to the EB room for our class 
meeting, where we "elected" new class 
officers (listed above) and praised the 
retiring ones: presidents Mibs Sebring 



Raney and Pryor Hale for organizing 
the 25th, Alice Perry Park as the fund 
agent, and especially Elvira McMillan 
Tate and Alice Mighell Foster for their 
unending efforts as Reunion Fund 
Agents. With their perseverance we 
were able to live up to our year. We 
exceeded our goal of $65,000 with 
65% class participation! Our 1965 
class treasurer, Julie Bradshaw 
Sackett, announced that the money we 
had invested after graduation had 
grown to funds that helped us just 
pass our reunion gift goal! An updated 
version of the Peanut Gallery booklet 
was a gift to us from Elvira who was 
able to organize this from your infor- 
mation sheets. I xeroxed and sent 
them to Eileen Stroud Clark, who 
diligently typed them and her husband 
kindly had them bound. A great re- 
union souvenir! 

That evening we enjoyed a casual 
picnic at the Boathouse - tasting SBC's 
new wine and well remembered fried 
chicken. Pink and green ribboned 
nametags with old sophomore photos 
helped identify us. These were the idea 
and gift of Alice Mighell Foster and 
Joan Clinchy Blood. We rehearsed 
songs for the Alumnae Convocation 
and thanks to the great memory of 
Brooke Patterson Mahlstedt, came up 
with the words to our old freshman 
song "Hey Look Us Over". Two new 
verses about our past 25 years and our 
bright future were written by a creative 
group of classmates late that night. 

Saturday morning we did a fine job 
singing and re-singing it under the 
brave direction of Beth Hunt and 
Melinda Musgrove Chapman. We 
looked bright, young and eager on 
stage decked out in hot pink scarves 
decorated with green lettering - 
another great gift from Elvira. That 
afternoon Jane Merkle Borden pre- 
sided over Alumnae College and 
introduced the speaker in Benedict. We 
were again visible on Sunday for the 
Chapel service. I helped Alice, Traylor 
Rucker and Harriet Wall Martin usher. 
Mibs, Pryor and Elvira read the les- 
sons, and the highlight was an inspir- 
ing sermon delivered confidently by 
Blair Both. We spent a wonderful 
weekend reminiscing, catching up, 
trying to take hot showers and gener- 
ally enjoying each other and the old 
and new parts of the campus. We wish 
you all could have joined us. 

A few notes from those who sent 
news other than reunion info forms. 
Katy Wood Clarke reports that son 
Douglas graduated from Wesleyan 
5/88 and Christopher from Davidson 
5/90. From Gay Plowden Freeman we 
hear her oldest son, Craig is applying 
to grad. school for his MBA and 
youngest. Randy, a junior, plans on 
grad school in graphic arts. She and 
her husband Jim are in real estate in 



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Class of 1965 at Reunion '90 



Columbia, she residential and he 
commercial. Julie Bearden Adams 
missed the 25th, with a 14 year old 
daughter at home, her twins graduat- 
ing from h.s. and her oldest daughter 
Margaret getting married in June. Julie 
and a friend have a bridal consulting 
business in Macon Bev Sharp Ambey 
wrote of summer 1989 when she and 
Dick enjoyed his 25th reunion at 
Harvard, and when she visited the Gulf 
Coast with Jean Mcintosh and traveled 
in Europe with children Elizabeth (15) 
and Richie (12). From Buffalo, Nancy 
Moog Aubrecht reports her son 
Christian graduated from Cornell, her 
son Johannes is a sophomore at 
Princeton and daughter Alison is a 
freshman at prep school. She sees 
Betsy Knode Newton yearly and is 
happy in Fort Myers, FL teaching gifted 
kids. 

I have really enjoyed reporting 
your news to the class, and I know you 
will write Libba a lot over the next 5 
years. 



1969 



President 

Martha Brewer, 4039 Vendome Place, 

New Orleans, LA 70125 

Secretary 

Nancy Crawford Bent, 14 Dopping 

Brook Road, Sherborn, MA 01770 

Fund Agent 

Elizabeth Medaglla, 3039 N. Peary 

Street, Arlington, VA 22207 

I learned at our 20th Reunion, that 
those late for the Friday night class 
meeting run the risk of being elected to 
something, e.g. Class Secretary! Send 
more news and I'll try to get out a 
newsletter mid-year with the hope that 
space won't demand the merciless 
editing I've inflicted here. 

First, the sad news that Sylvia 
Wederath has died. Classmates 
remember her as "intelligent, quiet, 
gentle, gifted, and yet, almost shy." 
"Perhaps the thing that was most 
remarkable in her was that she did not 
display the ego often seen in theatre 
groups. She was quietly competent 
and worked hard at the job..." "Richard 
Busch had incredible regard for her 
talent, one of the finest in Drama at 
SBC." We offer our sympathy to her 
family, especially her daughter. 

Janet Abney Moore (Chevy Chase. 
MD) works part-time in the Graduate 
Affairs Office at American U. and takes 
summers off with Jane (16) and 
Lindsay (13). Husband Bill, a lawyer, 
published his first novel - The Last 



Surprise (St. Martin's Press) and is 
"adapting quite well to his glamorous 
new role as 'author'." The CA 
earthquake left unscathed Bryan 
Alphln Bente's (Half Moon Bay, CA) 
family; husband Paul, whose start-up 
company is moving slowly; Ricky, then 
a 2nd grader; and Katherine, 4. Bryan 
continues in Project Development at 
Hewlett-Packard, and does child care/ 
senior center work as well, while Paul 
raises money for the local schools. 
Stephanie Beaudouin Piper 
(Knoxville, TM) is features editor of The 
Knoxville Journal, and her husband, 
George, recently opened his own 
marketing firm. Their son Ben (19), a 
French major at Tulane, will spend this 
year in Pahs with SBC's Jr. Yr. in 
France Program. Their oldest son, 
Nick, class of '90 at U. of TN, plans to 
go to grad school in theatre. Stephen 
(16) will be a jr. at the Webb School of 
Knoxville. The Pipers enjoyed a 
vacation in Maui, HI. Liz Beach Baker 
(Germantown, TN) and her husband 
have 3 children (2 daughters, 17 and 
14, and a son, 10). They did the 
college tour with their eldest - "W&L 
and UVA are top on her list." Liz works 
for Ralph Lauren and does lots of 
volunteer work, including serving as a 
trustee for her son's school. Beth 
Beckner (Hagerstown, MD) did 
consultancies in Turkey, Zaire, Egypt, 
and Washington, DC in 1989, and will 
do 5 trips to Egypt this year for one 
project. She expected to receive her 
Ed.D. in International Health Training 
in June. Mary Blake Beeler Meadows 
(Dallas, TX) described by her local 



paper as "a Dallas success story", 
started, owns, and runs 3 stores called 
"Collections" which carry women's 
clothes and accessories. Her husband. 
Chuck, is an attorney specializing in 
tax planning. Mary Lee Bell Coffey (La 
Canada, CA) writes that Shelby, editor 
of the L. A. Times, is "FAXing a 5 day a 
week newspaper to the Kremlin, and 
Soviet officials say they've never had 
news the day it happens before." Mary 
Lee works full time in Emergency with 
the 'knife and gun club', and is 
involved with programs to protect "at 
risk" children from drugs and gangs. 
The Coffeys anticipated "a break in 
May - the Cannes Film Festival and an 
audience with the Pope." A Japanese 
exchange student spent last year with 
Walt and Betsy Blackwell Laundon 
(Roswell, GA) and their teenage 
daughters. They used their guest as an 
excuse to see and show the USA, from 
New England to AZ. Walt also travels a 
lot as auditor for US operations of the 
Rank Organization, a British co. Betsy 
is in her 3rd year as a yarn shop 
owner. 

"Things in New Orleans are in an 
uproar - just bought a house that I 
probably can't afford - romantic 
upheavals - what else?" Despite all 
that, Martha Brewer (New Orleans, 
LA) continues in her group Ob-Gyn 
practice and went to San Francisco in 
May for a meeting of the American 
College of Ob-Gyn. The mother of 3 
beautiful (my word, not hers) children, 
and single again ("rising from the 
ashes") Courtney Cash Mustin went to 
work as a realtor in 7/89 and sold her 



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first house 2 weeks later. Having gone 
to Chile 12/89 as part of an interna- 
tional delegation to monitor the Chil- 
ean presidential elections, and to 
Nicaragua in Feb. with President Carter 
. to monitor the elections, Hattie Coons 
Babbitt (Phoenix, AZ) planned to join 
another international delegation to 
monitor the Czech elections in June. "I 
know more Chilean and Nicaraguan 
election law than AZ or US election 
law!" 

Busy with yoga/tennis/museums, 
plus a few English lessons, Sally Dahl 
Lecomte (St. Nom-la Breteche, France) 
was "on the move again, this time to 
owr own home!" last spring. Husband 
Jean-Francois runs a chain of clothing 
stores for men and women, and Julien 
(1 1 ) and Louis (8) are in the local 
schools, but keeping up their English 
at home and by yearly trips to CA. 
After teaching math for 14 years, Judy 
Daniel Adams (Amherst, VA) plans to 
get a master's degree. Sam is a sr. in 
h.s. and Robin a sophomore. Her 
husband, Wayne, works for the VA 
Dept. of Transportation. Paula Dickey 
(New Orleans, LA) is corporate secre- 
tary to the Regional Transit Authority 
in New Orleans, and "gardening like 
crazy, and finally beginning to enjoy 
single life again." She sees Martha 
Brewer once in a while since her Ob/ 
Gyn is a partner in Martha's office. 
Paula enjoyed London and several 
spots in Italy last fall. 

Barbara Duffield Ersklne (Chester 
Springs, PA) was in DC visiting a 
friend whose son, it turned out, had 
Darlene Pierre (Silver Spring, MD) for 
math at 8:30 a.m. - "so I took his seat 
in class! We had both missed reunion 
so it was good to see an old roomie, 
even on the fly!" Barb looks forward to 
moving into a "new" 200 year old 
house this year. Vice President of her 
husband's wallpapering business, 
Mary Follows Pepin (Midlothian, VA) 
works at bookkeeping, public relations, 
advertising, planning, and taking calls. 
She also does custom artwork and 
murals, sings worship songs for the 
Lord and entertains crowds of 1 to 
2,000. She built a tree house for her 
kids single-handed, has a real estate 
license, and is working on her 3rd 
quilt. Melissa Griffith Manning 
(Tionesta, PA) is raising 3 children: 
Dany, Jean, & Thomas (11,7, 5) and 
raising, riding, and driving horses on a 
60-acre farm with close Amish neigh- 
bors. She is active in church & Chris- 
tian Academy affairs, including teach- 
ing 2 days a week and running 
Children's Church. She looked forward 
to a busy summer with the 4-H riding 
club. Ed and Cathy Hall Stopher's 
(Louisville, KY) daughter, Marshall 
(13), was the lead in her school play, a 
vicarious thrill for a former member of 
Aints and Asses. Both Marshall and 



Charles (11) play on school basketball 
teams, Cathy edited the antiques show 
magazine for their school last year. 

Claudette Harloe Dalton (Chartot- 
tesville, VA) is at the UVA medical 
school, teaching and working on new 
programs with the faculty, administra- 
tion, and alumni. Claudette and her son 
moved into a new house (which she 
designed) along with their labrador, 
Jake. (What's your new address?) 
Nearby is Cynthia Hays Finley, "hap- 
pily married since 7/88 and ...working 
with my husband Bob at Christian Aid 
Mission in Charlottesville." Brooks and 
Meny Hill Pettit (Concord, MA) were 
married 8/89, adding 3 more children 
and 2 grandchildren (is she the first 
grandmother?) to Meny's family: 
Coleman (13) and Rachel (15) who is 
among the first girls to attend Deerfield 
Academy. Meny works part time at the 
B. U. School of Public Heath and 
volunteers for the Physicians for 
National Health Program. 

Jan Holt (Boulder, CO) recently 
traveled to Costa Rica and Belize to 
explore the jungles, Mayan ruins, and 
marine life, and is still involved in 
environmental and political issues. She 
sometimes even does a few watercol- 
ors or pastels. Jan Huguenin Assmus 
(Hanover, IMH) planned to be in 
Koblenz, Germany this year for her 
husband Gert's sabbatical. Jamie (9) 
and Adam (6), the PTA, and 7 animals 
are occupying Kim Johnson Smith 
(Arlington, VA), as is their new home 
where they laid 280 railroad ties along 
their trails this winter. "Volunteer 
activities keep me roaring along but I 
sure don't roar as strongly as when at 
SBC " Bea Kallina Witkowski 
(Lutherville, MD) and Tony, who 
eloped (with his 3 daughters, now 26, 
24 & 22) the 4th time Bea and Tony 
saw each other, will become grandpar- 
ents in Sept. Bea is v.p. in telecommu- 
nications and strategic planning at the 
First Mational Bank of MD, a job she 
enjoys very much. Ronde Kneip 
Bradley (Huntington, NY) continues to 
sell textbooks for Addison-Wesley and 
Benjamin Cummings, while raising 
Kate 6 and Nicky 4 with Jim, who 
planned to complete his M.S.W. this 
past spring. We offer our sympathy to 
Ronde on the recent death of her 
father. 

Another classmate lucky in the 
earthquake: Elizabeth Lewis (San 
Francisco, CA) had moved to an 
apartment while the house was being 
remodeled, and the house itself stands 
on bedrock. No damage! Matthew (5) 
has taught himself to read. Elizabeth is 
a part time psychiatrist and hopes to 
finish training as a Jungian analyst this 
year. Husband David Thier is an 
ophthalmologist. Robbie (10) and 
John (7), sons of Mary Mahan Marco 
(Warminster, PA), both play soccer 



and baseball, and Todd (5) has the 
largest collection of Ninja Turtle 
figures ever. The Marcos planned their 
3rd vacation on Cape Cod this sum- 
mer. Beth Maunsell Smith (New 
Orleans, LA) and her husband started a 
lawn & garden maintenance business 
and Beth plans to do some landscap- 
ing as well, although she is still a 
librarian at Trinity School. Their daugh- 
ter (20) is at Wake Forest and their son 
(1 7) will either join her this fall or go to 
Furman Univ. 

Since reunion, Frere Murchison 
Gornio (Wilmington, NC) has had a 
hectic time as acting county manager, 
but life is now returning to normal 
since she was "unfortunately" defeated 
in the election by a younger male. 
Frere and Dean's daughter was ac- 
cepted for SBC's Jr. Yr. in France for 
this year and they hope to be able to 
get over there for a visit. After 5 years 
in Switzerland, Fran Robinson Boyer 
(Hudson, OH) is back in the USA 
where her husband Parke will be 
general manager of construction 
products for Master Builders Tech- 
nologies. Trey (1 1 ) and Jodie and 
Paige (9 year old twins) are eager to 
watch and play American sports. Sue 
Roessel Gibson (Ambler, PA) just 
returned from a trip to Disney World 
and FL with her family, including 
Michael 6 and Amy 4. Keithley Rose 
Miller (SL Louis, MO) took on 2 
partners and is doing commercial 
interior design, and her husband's new 
company, Big River Minerals, is doing 
very well. The Millers all went out to 
CA in '89 & saw lots of Lyn Oakes 
Miller and her family, and Keithley 
looked forward to her 25th reunion at 
St. Catherine's in Richmond in May. 
Susan Scanlan (Alexandria, VA) wrote, 
"I'm back in my house after 4 glorious 
months in a luxury apartment - that's 
how long the restoration took from the 
2/89 fire. I'm enjoying a new wardrobe, 
new furniture, new decor, same old 
husband." Sue planned a trip to Ireland 
in May as a wedding anniversary treat, 
and then to Poland this fall, where her 
brother-in-law is starting up the Peace 
Corps in Warsaw. Sue reports that 
Pam Noyes, single again, is back in DC 
at Georgetown Univ. Library. She has a 
horse & is investigating "rideable" 
homes in Great Falls. 

Was it Ginny Stanford Perdue 
(Nashville, TN) who wrote about her 
children (17, 14 and 10), expressed 
gratitude that the 10 year old "still 
thinks her Dad and I are great", and 
said they start the college tour this 
fall? You forgot to sign your card. 
Getting older, are we? Restoration 
continues on the 110 year old home of 
Pamela Tipton Newton (New Bern, 
NC) - only 1/2 dozen or so more 
rooms to go. Son, Bret Ewing, starts 
kindergarten this fall and Pam does 



lots of church and volunteer work. 
They vacationed in Wilmington and the 
Outer Banks this past year. Saint and 
Ann Tremain Lee's (Newport News, 
VA) oldest daughter, Maria, is going to 
UVA this fall. The Lees planned a trip 
to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland 
this summer to visit friends stationed 
there in the Air Force. 

Atlee Walker (Baltimore, MD) is in 
a full-time Ph.D. program in Linguis- 
tics at the U. of MD, having received a 
Masters from Gallaudet U. in Linguis- 
tics of Sign Language in the spring. 
Her daughter, Jessica (16), not to be 
outdone, has gotten her driver's 
license. AtLee planned to go back to 
England this summer (she was there 
for her last semester of Gallaudet's 
program) to visit friends and attend the 
British Deaf Association's 100th 
Anniversary Conference. She sings in 
her church choir and is "still divorced 
with no love interest at the moment." 
Maria Ward Estefania (Chevy Chase, 
MD) is now director in charge of 
finance, administration, and regional 
planning for the 7 states served by the 
Bell Atlantic Telephone Companies' 
Engineering Dept. Besides adjusting to 
a reorganization at work that doubled 
the number of people reporting to her, 
she is preparing for her upcoming year 
as pres. of the Jr. League of DC. After 
finishing her year as President of the 
Members Guild (volunteers) at the 
High Museum of Art on June 1 , Nancy 
Wendling Peacock (Atlanta, GA) 
hoped to travel to VA and DC with her 
children this summer. "I am still an 
aspiring songwriter and will let you all 
know when I'm a published sonq- 
writer." She plays tennis for fun, reads, 
and travels with Tom whenever she 
can. Our class has at least one com- 
muting marriage. Elizabeth Wyatt 
(Brooklyn, NY) continues at Merck and 
last year completed agreements with 
several other companies, including one 
for AIDS technology and one for 
design of drugs for juvenile diabetes 
and other autoimmune diseases. John 
had an "irresistible" offer from Conti- 
nental Airlines last year to become its 
VP and Treasurer in Houston. The 
result is a lot of weekend flying. To 
break the pace, they went to Tuscany, 
Italy for 2 weeks last fall. 

My intellectual life centers on 
Unsolved Mysteries on Wed. night TV. 
I try to find time for Adele (1 1 ) and 
Charles (7) and their school, and for 
Peter and his company (2) where I 
work on a low-skill level, providing the 
warm body he needs in the office until 
he can afford a dog. I also edit my 
church's monthly newsletter. Clearly I 
need distractions, so do write, and 
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1973 



President 

Louise Blalteslee Gilpin (Mrs. Robert 

P.), Milton Academy, 94 Centre Street, 

Milton, MA 02186 

Secretary 

Susan Slioulders, 528 West Dravus, 

Seattle, WA 981 19 

Fund Agent 

Cliar Reed-IVIiller. 523 RIdgebury 

Road, RIdgefleld, CT 06877 

Gypsie Bear Van Antwerp's family 
moves to Syracuse, NY this summer. 
She would like anyone In that area to 
call her. Cindy Bel(ins Anderson's 
daughter, Lauren Taylor, (1) keeps her 
busy along with working on the house 
and vacationing In Captlva, FL last 
spring. Anne Billings McDougall Is 
president of the Women In the Church 
at her church and finds It challenging 
and rewarding. She, Ed and the kids 
look forward to spending time In 
Hound Ears, NC this summer and 
would love to see SBC friends. Weezie 
Blakeslee Gilpin's biggest news Is 
that her family moved out of the 
dormitory after 14 years into a 
beautiful 1900 vintage faculty house at 
Milton. She is still Director of 
Counseling at the Walnut Hill School of 
the Performing Arts and loves working 
with such talented adolescents. 
Miclielle Brown Badcock began free 
lance training In counseling and got a 
part time position as area (Hampshire) 
tutor for Citizen's Advice Bureau. The 
family has taken up sailing dinghies. 
The Big Event of 1 989 was Christmas 
and New Year's spent in the USA when 
she saw Sara Meyerdierks Hillgrove, 
went skiing in Campgaw and took the 
family to DIsneyWorld. 

Susan Bundy was married 10/7/89 
to John D. Clark In Norfolk, VA. David 
is a captain with United Airlines. Susan 
is still with Manpower assistant 
managing and doing computer training 
in conjunction with IBM. Evelyn Carter 
Cowles shows horses In her spare 
time. She and her husband are 
standing 2 stallions and will foal out 
about 35 mares this spring. Creigh 
Casey Krin is in a Substitute/ 
Internship Program with Univ. of 
Bridgeport. She will get a Master's In 
Education and be qualified to apply for 
teacher certification. Peggy 
Cheesewright Garner gave birth on 3/ 
21/90 to a girl, Whitney Llewelln 
Garner. She and John love being 
parents. They were in Los Angeles in 
Nov. with Lisa Fowler WInslow and she 
stays in phone communication with 
Jane McFaddin Bryan and Betsie 
Meric Gambel. Deirdre Conley's 
promotion to Division Sales Manager 
last June keeps her very busy: re- 



organizing the division and managing 
20 people. She spent a week In WY In 
Feb. and traveled to Ireland In April. 
Deirdre spent Christmas with Liz 
Clegg Woodard and her family and 
visited France with Liz and the family 
last summer. 

Susan Craig Smith says chasing, 
dressing, feeding, and hugging her 2 
wild boys, her graphic design business 
and Wayne, make life plenty full! She 
hopes to see Emily Garth Brown, 
Carter Heywood Morris. Lisa 
Marshall Chalmers, Nan Robertson 
Clarke and Betsy Cann Akers In May. 
Diane Dale Roiling enjoys selling 
Federal Express' International Service 
in the Bay area. They were unscathed 
in the big San Francisco Earthquake 
10/17 but she says the experience 
makes her reevaluate what Is 
Important. Mary Danlord still juggles 
life as a mother and trial lavi/yer with 
the City Attorney's office. Her great 
accomplishment last year was deciding 
to walk the Portland Marathon with a 
friend the week before it happened! 
She looks forward to vacationing at the 
OR Coast Lucy Dennington Kennedy 
is working on her doctorate in vocal 
performance at Memphis State. In 
April she sang in MS and also 
performed a scene from Don Pasquale. 
Sue Dern Plank taught for a 2nd year 
at a Japanese Jr. h.s. They did a lot of 
traveling In Asia, Japan, Hong Kong, 
Bangkok, and Taipei. They have moved 
back to Buffalo, NY where her husband 
Is the Deputy District Engineer in the 
US Army Corps of Engineers. Carol ^ 
Dohanyos works with the homeless * 
and started riding horses again for fun. 
She spent a week hiking In NM in Dec. 
and just returned from a week in 
Miami Lillian Dugger London Is 
restoring a Victorian house on the 
water In Highlands, NJ. Husband Steve 
opened his law practice on Wall Street 
In NY Christine Eng Leventhal Is 
teaching aerobics, taking ballet, 
volunteering at the kids schools, doing 
Girl Scouts, chauffeuring, and part 
time free-lance editing. She and Peter 
took the children to the Cayman 
Islands this winter and will go to Block 
Island this summer. She spoke to 
Alison Fifer Stonecipher who is fine 
Ann Evans Klett's medical practice 
keeps getting busier. Her father moved 
in with them while her mother 
recovered from a stroke. Ann says it's 
been Interesting having them there for 
an "extended" visit. Lisa Fowler 
WInslow says all is well with her 
family. She is doing well as a law 
librarian in a 100 man law firm. Robin 
Harmon G'Neil and her family had a 
wedding In Ft. Lauderdale in March, 
and she's heavy into a corporate fund 
drive for the arts and a new facility for 
the city art museum. Chris Hegarty 
Savage still job shares 3 days a week 



In medical technology. Last June she 
and the family vacationed In CO and 
have been to Toronto. Kristin Howell 
got married 1/26/90 to a professional 
artist. They live on a marsh In 
Wilmington, l\IC. She still teaches 
Economics at UNC and rides. Pamela 
Ivens Renner and husband Michael 
went on tour with the Bryn Mawr 
Presbyterian Choir to Europe In the 
summer of 1989, seeing Germany, 
Austria and the East Bloc. 

Susan Kirby Peacock Is into 
juggling: wife, mother of 2 kids under 
the age of 2, artist with galleries In 
NYC and Atlanta and part-time 
pharmacist. Linda Lipscomb is back in 
Dallas after business school and Is 
now a marketing analyst for American 
Airlines. Ann Major Gibb had a mini 
SBC reunion at the St. Catherine's 
School reunion last year where she 
saw Melinda Williams Davis, Lacy 
Williams Nestaff, Lisa Wickham 
Farnum. Harriet Broughton Gruber, 
Lisa Montgomery Susan Dabney 
Smith, and Jane Potts Ann's life is 
filled with country living, computer 
classes and volunteer work. She and 
Ernie sailed In the Mobjack Nationals 
Sailboat race last summer. Celia 
Martin Barrett, husband Scotty and 
Amy finally moved after 1 7 years. She 
is librarian for the Orange Grove 
Library and has a catering business on 
the side. Marion McKee Humphreys Is 
upcoming president of the school 
parents club and a group leader for her 
church's Bible study. They went to FL 
In April and will probably be at the NJ 
shore In July Alice Mclnnis Hughes 
says It will be her first year for the kids 
being in school full time. She saw 
MImi Bain Haik In Oklahoma City in 
June where MImi's husband, Barrett, 
was lecturing at the medical center. 
Lois Means Duchene and Al survived 
Hurricane Hugo, but say It was VERY 
scary. They bought a house in Feb. and 
are learning about lawns and other 
homeowner stuff. Lois also has taken 
the CPA exam Betsie Meric Gambel 
Is director of public relations at the 
Academy of the Sacred Heart In New 
Orleans. She continues free lance 
writing, volunteers at the City Park and 
the LA Nature and Science Center and 
finished her stint as Administrative 
Vice President of the Jr. League of 
New Orleans. 

Sara Meyerdierks Hillgrove 
moved with husband Thomas to rural 
southern NY state where he Is 
president of a ski lift business. Sara set 
up her own communication business 
and they leased and ran a ski area in 
NJ. She also reports the birth of baby 
Alexandra on Dec. 28. She thinks she'll 
slow down In 1990. Laura Montague 
Cross volunteers at the children's 
school. Is assistant Brownie leader, 
and does aerobics. Linda Moscato 



Buell Is In Washington, DC, on loan to 
the Nuclear Management and 
Resources Council (NUMARC) as 
assistant General Counsel. She loves 
visiting with Sandie Schwartz Tropper. 
She and Ardin continue to be scuba 
diving and underwater photography 
fanatics and plan several dive trips to 
the Bahamas and Caribbean this year. 
Betsy Oakley Smith had a busy spring 
with her 2 boys and baseball. She 
visited with Cathy Towers Hardage 
and her family when Betsy's family 
went to Ocala and Gainesville, FL for 
spring break. Jane Olmstead Murphy 
plays lots of tennis and Is busy with 
the school activities of her children. 
She, Paul, and the 2 kids went to New 
Orleans, Crested Butte, CO and plan to 
see the Grand Canyon this summer. 
Scottie O'Toole bought a house and Is 
still Employment Manager at Scientific 
Atlanta. She met Carter Hopkins and 
some SBC seniors who came to 
"network" in April and keeps In close 
touch with Nancy Halght '75. Jean 
Piatt Spencer continues to teach golf. 
She, David and the kids spent most of 
their weekends last winter in Pocono 
PA skiing. Jean and David escaped 
(sans children) to the Bahamas for 4 
days to golf this spring. Debbie 
Pollock Arce continues 3 days a week 
as Vice President of Finance of Image 
Builder Software. 

Kathy Pretzfelder Steele works full 
time and plays Softball during the 
spring and summer. Carol Anne 
Provence Gallivan takes tennis 
lessons, continues with her shop. 
Pineapple Galleries, and volunteers in 
the children's schools. Nancy 
Richards Akers had her 3rd child and 
1st daughter, Grierson Isabelle 
Virginia, 8/10/89. She just returned 
from a research trip in Ireland that 
included promotional appearances for 
her latest book. The Lilac Garland. She 
also marched In the Dublin St. 
Patrick's Day parade. Her next book is 
The Devil's Wager, and after that a 
book about Ireland, hunting, ghosts, 
racing and the IRA! Ginna Rogers- 
Gould says that after 15 years as a 
journalist, most recently with the Los 
Angeles Times Syndicate, she has 
taken time off to write a book. She 
asks that anyone living near Annapolis 
give her a call. Dessa Rutter Is 
Director of Marketing for Fidelity 
Homestead Candace Sheffield 
Neilson reports the birth of her 4th 
child and 2nd son, JP. She Is busy 
with church and school activities and 4 
children. Betsy Spach now lives In 
Clearwater, FL. She is on the staff of 
"Our Lady's House of Peace," a retreat 
house on beautiful Old Tampa Bay. Jan 
Story Honick reports that Daniel 
Honick was born 5/29/89. She Is a 
travel agent and has her own clients. 
Mary Beverly Taylor Hague Is still at 



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Clemson Univ. teaching landscape 
design and learning about life from her 
daughter and son. 

Dianne Wood Keyser is a dental 
assistant at the Wake County Health 
Department. She also volunteers at the 
Open Door Clinic - a free clinic for 
street people - and keeps in touch with 
Mary Jane Berry and Rene Conover 
Reed. Dianne heard from Debbie 
Dixon Bolton and reports that Debbie 
has 4 children now. Pat Wood 
Wingfield still works at home as a part 
time systems programming consultant 
and went to the Far East last spring. 
Lucinda Young Larson had her second 
son, Andrew Loy Wright, on 2/26/90. 
She is still the Greater Boston Finance 
Manager for Digital and is the 
president of the local SBC alumnae 
group. I continue to enjoy working at 
UPS and living in Seattle. I begin 
school for Computer Information 
Systems in Sept. It's so good to hear 
from everybody. Thanks for letting me 
be your secretary. 



1977 



President 

Kristy Judson, 373 East Washington 

Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 

Secretary 

Sally Bonham Mohle (Mrs. Peter H.), 

4033 Broadwire Drive, Fairfax, VA 

22032 

Fund Agent 

Dee S. Hubble, 1500 Linden Avenue, 

Lynchburg, VA 24503 

Barb Bernick Peyronnet and 

Doug had Margaret Kaitlyn ("Maggie") 
11/30/89. Barb is still a job search 
counselor at U. of Richmond Women's 
Resource Center. She also teaches 
Myers-Briggs seminars and Financial 
Planning for Teens, along with doing 
aerobics. On 3/22/89 Dabney Bragg 
Foshee had John Overton, her 1st 
child. She is still a partner at 
Armbrecht, Jackson, DeMouy et al. 
Lori Burrell married William Lloyd 
Garden 7/89, with Betsy Moore Rice 
('76) as matron of honor. Lori and 
Lloyd moved to San Francisco's East 
Bay for his career with United Airlines. 
Lori is marketing director for a chain of 
retirement homes. They enjoy flight 
benefits and look forward to trips to HI 
and the Pacific Rim. Elvira Cash 
Pecora and family spent 3 weeks at 
Christmas in San Clemente, CA, 
visiting family, Disneyland and the San 
Diego Zoo. In Feb. they visited family 
in SC and planned to spend Easter in 
VT. Kent (15 mos.) and Gregory (4) 
keep her busy, along with needlework, 
baking and photography. Lyndi Cote 



spent summer of '89 in CA, studying 
and training dolphins, sea lions and 
harbor seals. She still enjoys teaching 
elem. school. She reported that JoElla 
Schneider Samp and Rich are 
expecting in June of '90, a sibling for 
Lucinda (2). Farnell Cowan went to 
Kenya with her brother 6/88 and really 
enjoyed it. She has also been traveling 
with her job, to l\IY, Miami and Nassau. 

Ann Crossingham Cannon is a 
designer for Spencer's Inc., her 
family's children's wear company. 
Husband Bill makes golf clubs. Ann is 
busy with children's (Will-7, Leslie 
Ann-10) school and extracurricular 
activities. Martha Crowe Jones lives in 
Richmond, VA with husband, Scott, 
son, Caleb Hunter (3) and Sarah 
Natalie, born 10/5/89. Martha is 
president/manager of Sally Bell's 
Kitchen, where she sees a lot of SBC 
faces. Scott is in his 2nd year of a 
hydraulic business. Harriet Dinegar 
married William Milks 7/30/89 in 
Spring Lake, NJ. They are both 
attorneys. Debbie Falcigno is still at 
Easter Seal, as director of the 
Washington, DC center. Her job and 
related political involvements keep her 
busy. She spent a week in Jan. in 
Mexico and hoped to go to Spain. She 
also planned to be married in the fall! 
Beclcy Frost Good wrote that Steve 
changed law firms, to work as a tax 
lawyer for Gardere & Wynne in Dallas. 
Becky does lots of volunteering at the 
schools of Beverly (7) and Christopher 
(4). She is also Treasurer-Elect of the 
Jr. League, and looked forward to 
becoming computer literate. Mary 
Greaves Hodge is having a wonderful 
time with baby Caroline and also 
volunteers. She saw Annie Hamilton 
Carter, who is doing well. Peggy Haley 
Sheehan had Mary Helen 12/7/88 and 
is learning about diapers. She is active 
with College for a Day through SBC 
and is on the Alumni Board for Kent 
Denver School. They go to England 
and France every 1 .5 years to see 
Chris's family. 

Renee Hanson Crowder wrote 
that they had just survived a 1 month 
remodeling job on their house, which 
extended their living quarters. She got 
to London 6/89 and had a great time, 
especially at Harrod's! They plan a trip 
to Aruba in Dec. Cindy Kendree 
Thieringer and family moved to a 
newer home in Long Valley, NJ 9/89; 
they needed more room since they 
were expecting #3! Kendree (6), Kiley 
(4) and her basket business were 
keeping her very busy. Cindy became 
an education consultant for Discovery 
Toys last year also. She stays in touch 
with Elvira Cash Pecora in the next 
town. Sally Kennedy McGroarty says 
life is hectic: Neil was born 12/4/89, 
joining Desmond (7), Ward (5) and 
Maura (3). Sally still teaches aerobics 



4 times a week, which helps her keep 
in shape and "stay sane"! Betsy 
Kilborn Raulerson, husband Bill and 
son Ben (2) have been in L.A. for 2 
years. She stays home with Ben and 
manages the 38 unit apartment 
building they live in. Bill is an actor, 
with 2 commercials, a TV movie and a 
stage performance as the lead in "Big 
Fish, Little Fish". Glenn King Springer 
wrote of John Whatley Springer, Jr., "a 
wonderful addition" to Lil (7) and 
Haden (5) born 4/2/90. 

Caria Kinney Reiniger and Dan 
are in Clearwater, FL with Heather (2). 
CarIa is writing papers and studying 
for exams again, for a 2nd master's 
degree in gerontology. She stays busy 
being a wife, mother and full-time grad 
student. Debbie Koss McCarthy is 
"really getting into" the environmental 
movement: she coordinated an Earth 
Day observance and was named 
chairman of the Durham County (NC) 
Open Space Commission. She also 
teaches music and music history at 
Durham Academy, where Courtney is 
in 4th grade and Alex is in kindergarten 
(in the same class with Elizabeth 
Stevens!). Phooi-Ching Lai returned to 
teaching communications at Nanyang 
Technological Institute in Singapore. 
Husband, Choon Hin, was to have 
finished his fellowship at the Mayo 
Clinic 6/90. Phooi and the girls were to 
join him 5/90. Ann Marshall is in her 
3rd year as a fish biologist for the WA 
Dept. of Fisheries. She says she is now 
a happy homeowner, thanks to FHA, 
and is also happily unmarried. She 
enjoys outdoor adventures in the 
Pacific Northwest. 

Leslie LindquistMcMullin. 
husband, Steve, Emily (10) and Kyle 
(8) moved back to the East Coast 7/89 
and enjoy being in VA. She says that 
after 15 years in the West, the green of 
the East is wonderful! Steve decided to 
go back for his doctorate at VA Tech 
and is also an instructor in Fisheries. 
She is a teacher's aide in a special ed. 
class. Ebet Little Stevens saw Ainslie 
Jones Uhl ('76) and Sally Bonham 
Mohle at the wedding festivities of 
Tricia Waters 10/89, and also saw 
Tricia and Sally in 4/90. Ebet is busy 
with Bob. Elizabeth (6) and Anne (3). 
Becky Mayer Gutierrez is a full time 
mother to George (6), Anthony (3) and 
expected #3 in Sept. She also milks 
cows on their dairy farm and teaches 
Sunday School. Stephanie Maxson 
was marrying Jack "Scott" Kenyon, Jr. 
on 4/7/90. He is a 4th grade teacher 
and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. It 
was a whirlwind romance: they met 8/ 
24/89 and were engaged at the 
beginning of Oct. Sara Meyerdierks 
Ross ('73) was her matron of honor 
and Debbie Meister Fitzgerald was to 
attend the wedding. Stephanie is asst. 
v.p. of ASTA. 



Kathy McDonald Jenevein had a 

2nd daughter, Callie, 1/90. Katy Jane 
(2) also keeps her busy, along with 
volunteer work. Husband Patrick has 
his own oil and gas and real estate 
management company in Dallas. Janet 
Myers Deans wrote that Robert IV was 
born 2/12/90 and joins sister Caroline 
(2) and one black lab pup. They keep 
her busy! Gay Owens Gates and Bob 
had their 1st child 1/5/90: Lauren 
Hope. Gay quit the giftware business 
to be a full-time mom. Frances 
Redmond married Booth Malone 12/9/ 
89. Booth is a portrait artist in 
Columbus, GA and has a widespread 
clientele in Nashville, Atlanta and 
Lexington, KY. Frances spends a lot of 
hme with sister Lucila Redmond 
Flournoy ('82). Molly Reeb Clark was 
to marry Dr. Harvey Nissman 6/9/90. 
She met him on a blind date! They will 
live in VA Beach. She saw Sarah 
Longstreth, Sally Old Kitchin ('76) and 
Chic Grones ('79) for their annual SBC 
vs. Mary Baldwin Alumnae tennis 
match 3/90. Anne Rubel married 
James Cooper Waddell II in LaJolla, 
CA 5/86. They have 2 boys: Cooper (3) 
and John Pierpont (1 ). She is still 
doing fine art - oil paintings of race 
horses and portraits. Ronald Reagan 
received one of him riding his favorite 
steed from the President's Council on 
Physical Fitness. Ellen Sellers 
McDowell is in the 7th year of running 
"The Cooking School". She recently 
added a "Mom & Tots" class and had 
Lisa Wray Longino ('78) and Becky 
Frost Good and toddlers attend. Rex 
became a partner in the software firm 
C.T.I, in '89 and they moved into a new 
house 8/89 to accommodate Mary 
Susan, bom 11/17/89. 

Marianelo Soto switched to a 
new job at South End/Fuller Mental 
Health Center in Boston, after 5 years 
at Boston's Children's Hospital. She 
also does child and family counseling 
in the clinic and in public schools, 
mostly for Hispanics. She planned to 
be in Northern CA the next few 
summers, getting a certificate in 
expressive arts therapies, and went to 
Chile for Christmas. Ellen Sullivan 
married Bob Fatora 5/89. They have a 
pet timber wolf who keeps them busy 
and at home a lot! "Sitters" are hard to 
come by for timber wolves! Cain 
Thomas Linzee is still managing editor 
of The Journal of Musculoskeletal 
Medicinein Greenwich, Ct. Linda 
Uihiein upgraded her underwater 
video system, and went diving in the 
Netherland Antilles with Stan 
Waterman, an Emmy Award winning 
underwater cinematographer. On 
another trip she spent one week diving 
with Stan and another in a 
decompression chamber for the 
bends. In addition to diving in 
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her log house addition and an art 
studio, and E-Line Art is expanding. 
Tricia Waters is still exhibition 
officer at the National Gallery of Art in 
Washington. On 10/7/89 she married 
John Neer in Alexandria, VA, in a snnall 
cerennony. Libby White Drbal and 
Doug expected their 1st child 5/90. 
They moved into a larger home and 
keep busy on weekends redecorating. 
They both still work for Merck & Co. in 
marketing. She has had some terrific 
trips to Japan and Sweden. Judith 
Widener Balcer's art work is going 
"great guns". She had 4 exhibitions in 
the past year and enjoyed the regular 
commissions. Spring and summer of 
'89 she studied dressage with Gunnar 
Ostergaard and enjoyed it thoroughly. 
Daughter Sam (4) was thrilled because 
they were expecting a baby boy in 
June! Carolyn Williams Seeling is 
marketing manager for 2 companies: 
IntI Business Communications and IntI 
Chip Corp. in Columbia, SC. She 
spends 2/3 of her days at the office 
and 1/3 with Justin (3). Patti Wornom 
Henry and family had just received 
orders to leave Panama, when I heard 
from her (before the invasion). I'm not 
sure where they ended up, but assume 
they got out safely. Sean Christopher 
was born 12/6/89. Vivian Yamaguchi 
Cohn and Stuart had just returned 
from a week in LaJolla, CA when she 
wrote. The boys (Clayton-4, Clitford-1) 
keep her busy, along with her new job 
as general counsel for Chicago 
Underwriting Group, Inc. Vivian 
enjoyed a mini-reunion with SBC 
alums, including Maggie Shrlver, Jo 
Jo Scott and Sarah Longstreth in VA 
Beach. And I, Sally Bonham Mohle, 
am still in Auxiliary Enterprises at 
George Mason U., but Pete left GMU in 
Jan. to work in the accounting dept. of 
VA Theological Seminary in Alexandria, 
VA. I miss him, but actually see more 
of him because his new job involves a 
lot less overtime! Thanks for writing, 
everyone! 



1981 



President 

Allison Joy Roberts, 308 Ridge Road, 

Barrington Hills, IL 60010 

Secretary 

Kearsley Rand Walsh (Mrs. Kevin M.), 

P.O. Box 747, Bear, DE 19701 

Fund Agents 

Nancy Webb Corkery (Mrs. David), 

115 Clarke Road, Needham, MA 02192 

Barbara Bush Cooper (Mrs. Douglas 

A.), 7024 Coventry Road, Alexandria, 

VA 22306 

It was great hearing from all of 
you, and everyone seems to be looking 
forward to our 10th reunion this 
spring. Please send me photos, to put 
into our reunion scrapbook. Carol Hays 
Hunley reports that Vickie Archer 
married Tad Imbrie in May, after going 
steady for 8 years and Claire 
McDonnell says Vickie has a new job 
at Alcoa in the legal dept. Elaine 
Arozarena is still gen. manager for 
Dun & Bradstreet Intern'tl in 
Venezuela, lives in Caracas & has 
plenty of space for visitors passing 
through. Sarah Martin Herguner writes 
that Browning Augustine Doswell and 
Nancy Golden attended her wedding. 
Florence Baldwin Langford is still in 
Dallas "hopefully to stay" and enjoying 
16 month old Byron. At a Jr. League 
dinner in Wilmington, I ran into 
Dockery Clark, an old friend of Lisa 
Allison Barnhart's, who says hello. 
Karen Battle Smith, now a hospital 
pharmacist, is glad she doesn't deal 
with the retail public anymore. She's 
been traveling - Northern CA, Reno, 
Lake Tahoe and Alaska, and is in touch 
with Kathleen Freeman Honig, Leiee 
Frank Hazard & Susan Pinkard. 
Cammie Bethea Mills and Billy moved 
to San Antonio, and would love to hear 
from SBC friends in TX. She's an 
emergency room physician and Billy 
began a fellowship on special surgery 
after finishing his orthopedic 
residency Harriet Bielitsky Anderson 
and Scott are so proud of little Austin 
Clark, born in Feb. She took a long 
maternity leave from her job as v.p. 
and branch manager for Fidelity 
Investments. Theresa Blane Lange 
didn't write, but May Carter says they 
vacationed with Allison Roberts, Jane 
Terry Lee & Nan Oabbs Loftin in SC, 
where K. Hagan got to see them. 
Allison wrote that Theresa had a baby 
boy in Feb. Cornelia Boaz lives and 
works in Charlottesville. She had some 
trouble receiving her SBC degree but 
Katherine Seaman was of great help. 
Mary Boiling Smith's son Stuart 
Boiling Smith was born 8/89, & 
husband Marston Smith started his 
own real estate company. Brick Smith 



& Assoc. 

Julie Brooke Davis is a lawyer 
for Independent Life Insurance Co. She 
and Tommy are excited to be joining 
the "Baby Boom of the Class of '81" - 
they're expecting child #1 in Aug. 
Olivia Chaplin saw Nina Brown at 
Daughty Hagan's wedding. Barbara 
Bush Cooper is a fund raising 
consultant for a firm in Old Towne, VA, 
and sees Tania Voss Ryan, as Tania 
has roped Barb into being chairman of 
the Tea Room for the Alexandria 
decorator showhouse. Harriet Bielitsky 
Anderson says Annie Callahan Keech 
lives & works in Chicago and plans a 
trip to visit H.B. "if her busy social life 
permits." Sigy Carlen Veasey and 
Doug have an early 19th century 
townhome in Philadelphia. She is an 
emergency room "doc" in the city, very 
chaotic, but works 2-3 days a week 
and takes plenty of ski trips to CO. "A 
very glowing Muffit Sinks '80 works in 
the same hospital - only she's Lillian in 
Phila. Soon to change the Sinks part!" 
May Carter owns an advertising 
agency in Gastonia - MCS 
Communications & Design. May 
bought a Jack Russell from Allison 
Roberts & vacationed with Allison, 
Jane Terry Lee, Nan Dabbs Loftin & 
Theresa Blane Lange last summer in 
Hilton Head. This year they plan a trip 
to the NC mountains. Stirling Cassidy 
married Blair Smith last year: Julie 
Brooke Davis, Beth Neuberry '80, Lou 
Shore '82 & Camille Taylor McDuffie 
'82 were bridesmaids. She works in 
NYC for Charlotte Moss, an antiques & 
design firm & was expecting child #1 
in June. Olivia Chaplin's big news was 
her April marriage to Bill Baker. They 
were married in Charlotte and 
honeymooned in the Carribean, She 
saw lots of SBC'ers at Daughty 
Hagan's wedding. Susan Clay Russell 
was expecting child #1 in July, and 
looking for a new home, "Not easy in 
DC." 

Ann Cleland moved from Atlanta 
to VA Beach where she's excited about 
her new job as a vet in a small animal 
clinic, & learning more about scuba 
diving and other water sports. Windsor 
Cleveland Yellen says nothing has 
changed, she and Mitchell celebrated 
their 5th anniversary in Aug., Rachel is 
2 1/2, Winston was 1 in Feb. & they 
still live in the Sonoma Wine Valley. 
Laura Coleman Proctor expected her 
3rd son in Aug., and planned to attend 
Olivia Chaplin's wedding in April. She 
sees Caroline Hawk Sparrow & Va. 
Donald at least once a week. Holly 
Craig was promoted to nat'l accts. 
manager for GO Magazine in NYC, is 
almost finished remodeling her 
townhouse in CT, summers at the 
beach & winters skiing in UT and CO. 
Mary Craighill Snow didn't write but 
Virginia Donald was expecting to see 



her at Olivia Chaplin's wedding, where, 
Angle Odom writes. Angle, Mary, Nan 
Dabbs Loftin & Molly Rogers Cramer 
were bridesmaids. Sophie Crysler 
Hart and Ford are still at the Embassy 
in Beijing, Sophie is the Asst. Info. 
Officer in the Press and Cultural 
Section (USIS), and enjoys traveling 
around China. "Sharon & Bucket: when 
are you coming to visit!?" Molly Davis 
Garone's news is the birth of 
Madeleine, 9/89, Molly enjoys being a 
full time Mom and plans a trip to 
Boston to visit Cornelia Kennedy 
Suskind. Eve Devine is busy with her 
store, renovating a 100 yr. old house & 
planting a perennial garden. She was 
appointed to the Governor's 
Commission on Agriculture 
representing seafood retailers & sees 
Tania Voss Ryan often. Tracy Drake 
teaches 1st grade at Christ Church 
School & went to Switzerland last year. 
She's in touch with Karol Lawson, 
Susan Parr Bailey & Dianne Eubank 
Burrough. Christy Falcon, still 
surviving on Wall Street after all the 
shake-ups, plays competitive tennis 
again - just returned from the Nat'l. 
Grass Court Championships in CA. 
Lori Faust Graham had her 3rd child in 
March, Kenneth Edward Graham 
"Teddy". Quinne Fokes is still crazy 
(and single), pursuing a career in 
special eftects/animation for video & 
film, moved to Mill Valley, and hopes 
to find a horse to ride. She's HAVING 
FUN and says Gay Kenney Young '82 
is well & has a baby. 

Karen Battle Smith says LeLee 
Frank Hazard has a gorgeous little 
boy Martha Freeman Brouse is in 
West Point, busy with opera, musicals 
& military & Jr. League volunteer 
work. Steve (VMI '81) teaches at "The 
Point" & Martha hopes to be singing 
even more. She sees Chris O'Leary 
Rose & Kathy Graham Harrington, & is 
taking names for guests for the Army 
football season Marian Galleher 
Fitzgerald & Herbert had a daughter, 
Jane "Janie" MacPherson in Jan. 
Marian's having a great time as a full 
time mother. Martha Freeman Brouse 
is thrilled to be seeing Kathy Graham 
Harrington now that Martha is in NY. 
Daughty Hagan married Charles 
Warren Godfrey of Richmond last 
spring. He's a graduate of William & 
Mary.Ellen Hagan Brown is renovating 
an 80 yr. old house and raising her 18 
month old baby - not in that order of 
priority. K. Hagan is admissions dir. 
on Hilton Head for USC. She's active in 
various civic groups, & serves on the 
Beaufort Co. American Red Cross 
Board. K. keeps in touch with Holly 
Silsand, Letha Dameron Zackowski, 
Peggy Walz Galdi, Margie Robinson, 
Presley Neithammer Schwinn & Jane 
Ward Moore. She attended the baptism 
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married Kevin Canada in Nov., & works 
for a small sportswear co. She's 
getting used to life "up north" in NJ, 
where Kevin and myfather belong to 
the same golf club. Dad was thrilled to 
be in a foursome with Kevin for a 
recent tournament - Kevin is the club 
champ, & they won! Rhonda Harris 
French is in Woodstock, VA, with 2 
beautiful kids, Rebecca & Warren. 
Christopher is still pres. of 
Shenandoah Telephone Co., which 
keeps him busy both in & out of town. 
Caroline Hawk Sparrow, Va. Donald & 
Laura Coleman Proctor enjoyed 
visiting with Oliva Chaplin and her 
fiance on their trip to Birmingham. 
Caroline is the coordinator of 
publications and communications at U. 
of AL at Birmingham. Husband Callen 
is still practicing law. Carol Hays 
Hunley & Tom moved back to Pitt, in 
May. She works for PNC Financial and 
Tom's trying out his new masters in 
the Pitt, job market. They have lots of 
fun with 2 year old Barbara, and both 
grandmas are glad they're back from 
Dallas. Sarah Huie, in Dallas, is an 
environmental graphic designer for 
RTKL Assoc. Inc., an architectural 
firm. She just bought a house for her 
kids, Randall & Tweed - the canine and 
feline type. Cornelia Kennedy Suskind 
has a 1 50 year old house in Dedham, 
MA, works 2 days a week as an editor 
at a high tech magazine called CIO. 
She & Ron are Boston social directors 
for "UVA guys who married SBC 
women," & son Walt's playmate is 
Nancy Webb Corkery's son Kevin. 
Debbie Kertzman is back from Hong 
Kong & living in NYC practicing law. 
Diane Landau finished her masters in 
Bio. and planned to go to med. school 
in Sept. She moved to a 2 bedroom 
apt. in Bryn Mawr, across from school, 
and says "No one special in my life - 
who has time?!!" Karol Lawson is 
asst. curator at the Smithsonian's 
Nat'l. Museum of Amer. Art, & gave a 
paper on her own research at the Am. 
Soc. for 18th Century Studies. She's 
been to Bogota, Columbia several 
times to visit her parents. Jane Losse 
Momberger and Joel are in Korea and 
really enjoying it. They expect to be 
there for another year. Joel works for a 
Korean law firm. The kids, John (7), 
Claire (5), and Grace (2) are great. 
Jane keeps in touch with Felicia Nelson 
Dahlgren. Laura Coleman Proctor 
reports that Terrell Luck Harrigan is 
pregnant & due in Sept. & Angle Odom 
writes that Terrell moved back to 
Richmond. Leslie MacNeil Dobbins 
was expecting her 1st child in Aug. 
Boo Major in SC, still dates Jim, got 
her Masters in Elem. Ed. & Learning 
Disabled, teaches riding, and trains 
horses for eventing, dressage & 
foxhunting. She survived Hurricane 
Hugo (no electricity for 2 weeks!). 



sees Mable John '78 & Lisa Kean '80 & 
buys & sells horses. 

Sarah Martin married Limit 
Herguner last Sept. & moved to 
Turkey, where Umit practices law, and 
Sarah teaches English & tries her 
darndest to learn Turkish. Her wedding 
was attended by many SBCers. Helen 
Masters Durham in TX, is in charge of 
marketing, sales/business 
development and PR for a bank, 
Buck's in his 2nd year of surgery 
residence, the 2 kids are adorable, and 
Kelly Jernigan Hunter '80 sent an SBC 
sweatshirt to Helen's daughter Ann 
Husted - early parental pressure. 
Helen's in touch with Judy Hestnes '82 
& Mary Ware Gibson '83. Carrie 
Maynard in NYC, works hard in 
network sales at NBC, spent a week in 
FL & a week in C'ville playing golf. 
She's run into Brendy Reiter Hantzes & 
Christy Falcon. She is in close contact 
with Blair Redd '83, came to visit me in 
DE last summer, and is in touch with 
Anne Marie McAndrews Pagli. Claire 
McDonnell is a graphic design 
supervisor for Federated Investors & 
still working hard on the Macintosh 
computer. She's in touch with Liz 
Winson, Vickie Archer Imbrie & me. 
Sarane McHugh is still in Easton, MD, 
and had a nice trip to Italy, Sardinia, 
Corsica & France. Sandy Meads 
Jeffries teaches 1st grade in VA Beach. 
Her son Richie is 6, daughter Becky is 
2 1/2 and Sandy expected another girl 
last May. Margaret Medlock married 
Thomas Sean Fitzgerald, VP and Dir. of 
Gres Ceramic Azulev, CA. Stephanie 
Stitt and Carol Hays Hunley attended 
the wedding. Debbie Middleton says 
1 989 was a fun year - traveled from 
the Norway Fjords and arrived in Paris 
for the 1 00 year anniversary of the 
Eiffel Tower, then to Africa to climb 
Killiminjaro & returned to Chicago 
refreshed & wiser. Allison Roberts 
reports that Irish Moynlhan Rice had 
a girl last Nov. Presley Neithammer 
has moved again - to London & enjoys 
it immensely. "If anyone is planning a 
trip to the UK, please look us up." 
Felicia Nelson married Herbert 
Dahlgren Baker in May - she's known 
him since high school! They live in 
Boca Raton, FL, where Bert is in real 
estate lending with Chase Manhattan. 
Angle Odom was preparing to move 
back to Birmingham, where, Laura 
Coleman Proctor reports she has a hot 
romance with an AL lawyer. 

Martha Freeman Brouse writes 
that Chris O'Leary Rose's 2 boys keep 
her busy as does her job working for 
an NY magazine for women. Nancy 
Palme Hoe & Joe expected child #1 in 
June. She's going for her Ph.D. in 
molecular bio., but plans to take 3 
months off when the baby arrives, 
hopes to finish her thesis by next June 
& saw Allison Roberts in Aug. Tracy 



Drake keeps in touch with Susan Parr 
Bailey. Sue Pflugfelder left in Jan. for 
a 6-8 month trip around the world, 
"First stop New Zealand, Aussie, 
Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand..." 
Susan Pinkard Morgan was married in 
May and moved to a 75 ft. sailboat, 
"It's a challenge cutting down on life's 
trinkets in order to live in such a small 
space." She works for US Air & travels 
when possible. Jamie Planck Martin & 
EB have settled into their new home & 
jobs, & enjoy Jackson. EB started a 
new company & they're crossing their 
fingers that all goes well. Jamie is 
practicing law, riding, running & 
playing the piano. Ruth E. Reid 
married John Beam in '88, & lives in 
Key Biscayne, FL. She started her own 
firm, Reid Beam Assoc, "Scary, but 
fun. Send chocolate & money." She 
saw Debbie Rundlett '82. "Glowing - 
marriage and pastoring agree with 
her." Two children keep Brendy Reiter 
Hantzes busy, busy. Stephanie 
Rinaldi Charlip had a girl, Anne 
Elizabeth last Nov., named after Anne 
Sargeant. Allison Roberts, in the 
"Windy City", is president of Chicago's 
SBC Club (they had a Derby party with 
the W&L Club), visits and keeps in 
touch with a lot of SBCers. She adds, 
"I wonder who is getting her Ph.D. in 
Atlanta." 

Margie Robinson finished her 
Ph.D. in analytical chem. at GA Tech., 
accepted a job with Proctor & Gamble, 
& moved to Cincinnati. She has a 
boxer named Shorts. "He's a lot of fun, 
but how does anyone handle kids and 
work?" Molly Rogers married Robert 
Edward Cramer, Jr., a VP of Citibank, 
6/89. They live in NY. Mara Ryan 
keeps In touch with Stephanie Skinner 
Fortunate & me. She is godmother to 
Steph's son Drew & works as a nurse 
for Club Med in Sonora Bay, Mexico. 
She's even performed in some of the 
Club Med Variety Shows. Anne 
Sargeant is back from mountain 
climbing in Tibet; it seems she was 
expelled from the nunnery after the 
quints were born. She works part time 
for Steph Rinaldi Charlip's husband's 
Jiffy Lube, (she says all Steph & Steve 
ever talk about are their show quality 
pit bull terriers). If things pick up at the 
shop, she hopes to save a few pennies 
and come to our 1 0th reunion. 
Stephanie Stitt says Liz Seacord 
Feldman lives in NYC. Holly Silsand 
and K. Hagan last summer attended 
Jane Ward Moore's sister's wedding. 
Betsy Simpson Hilberts says 
everything is wonderful, she had a girl 
in April. Stephanie Skinner Fortunato 
& Paul enjoy their son Drew (1 ) . They 
left Drew with his grandmother and 
went on a cruise to the Carribean 
Islands in Dec. Steph and 1 see each 
other weekly, and complain about the 
Jr. League daily. Steph also keeps in 



touch with Mara Ryan. Angle Odom 
writes that Nell Stephens was 
remarried in June in the Hunt Country 
of B'more, where Nell and her husband 
bought an old farm. Stephanie Stitt is 
still at the Nat'l Museum of Women in 
the Arts. Diana Sykes is overbusy at 
the Crawford Art Centre in St. 
Andrews. She has a flat overlooking 
the sea in the picturesque village of 
Cellardyke - "a useful escape from 
work!" Jane Terry Lee says the kids 
are growing, & she finished her 
Masters in English in June. "You 
probably heard me screaming all the 
way to Delaware!" Tania Voss Ryan's 
son is doing just fine. It looks like he 
won't need a liver transplant. Tania 
spent her 1 st weekend away from him, 
with Deb Middleton & Chris Falcon in 
NYC, sees Eve Devine frequently & is 
working on the Alexandria Showhouse 
with Barb Bush Cooper & Alex Wilson. 

Margie Robinson saw a lot of 
Peggy Walz Galdi when they lived in 
the same building for 6 months. Jane 
Ward Moore, Max & Kassie are loving 
this "baby thing". They outgrew their 
home and are house hunting, Jane's 
still a guidance counselor & Max is 
with Atochem - he finished his MBA 
last Dec. YEAH! Nancy Webb 
Corkery's 2nd son was due in April. 
She talks to Lisa Schneider Thornton 
'80 about the woes of motherhood, 
chats with Pam Kohler Elmets '80 
about twins, had Laura Evans '79 visit, 
& sees Cornelia Kennedy Suskind 
(their sons terrorize gymboree 
together). She's looking forward to 
Lillian Sinks '80 wedding in Nov. Jane 
Losse Momberger mentioned that 
Marlene Weber planned to attend 
Felicia Nelson's wedding. Elizabeth 
Webster Cotter is still marketing for 
Bojangles. She has a 21 month old and 
another on the way. Jane Terry Lee 
says Henrietta White Palmer has a 3 
month old named Hugh, who is 
darling. Susie Wilson Lyons is busy 
with her 3 sons. Will (5 yrs.), Michael 
(20 months) & Christopher (4 
months). She celebrated Ashton 
Nesbits '82 wedding. They both live in 
Lexington & Ashton expects her 1st 
child this fall. Liz Winson is an 
attorney with Sherman & Piccadio in 
Pitt. Barbara Burns Wray didn't write, 
but K. Hagan, who also lives in Hilton 
Head, runs into her at the grocery 
store every 9 months. 

As for me, Kevin & I are still in 
DE, running the Watch Works. It's a 
great commute (we work at home), but 
seeing your husband 24 hours a day is 
definitely not normal. We have 2 corgis 
and expect our 1 st child in Nov. If you 
ever need addresses or phone 
numbers of classmates, give me a call. 
Thanks for staying in touch. 



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President 

Jeannje Guthans Wilkins (Mrs C 

Richard). 8 South Hathaway Road, 

Mobile, AL 36608 

Secretary 

Beth Anderson, P 0. Box 363, Mollis, 

NH 08049 

Fund Agent 

Wtiitney Machnik, 38 N Main Street, 

Apt. #5, Essex, CT 06426 

Thanks for your notes and letters. 
It has been another eventful year - 
weddings, babies, moving around to 
all points of the globe. 

Patty Dolan writes that Catty 
Hubbard moved in with her in NYC. 
Patty spent a month in Europe on 
business and looks forward to going 
back in Oct. She and Catty vacationed 
in Portugal and Spain. Ashby Clark is 
in VA Beach, working for a company 
called VALIC. She sells annuities and 
pension plans to other companies. She 
volunteers for the VA Beach Juvenile 
Courts, working with abused children 
and says it's a real "eye opener". Ellen 
Carver says she's in "heaven", in 
Bucks County, PA. She lives on the 
265 acre campus of the George 
School, a Quaker boarding school, 
where she is a director of admissions. 
Louellen Brooks Meyer is in Amarillo, 
TX, completing her master's in music. 
She often sees Ellen, as well as Baba 
Fountain. Louellen will move to San 
Angelo, TX with husband Robert, 
where he will begin private practice in 
Obstetrics and Gynecology in the fall. 
Louellen's been busy as a graduate 
assistant, and an interim organist for a 
Presbyterian church. 

Katie Hearn bought a 1 50 year old 
rowhouse in downtown Baltimore, 
which she has renovated. She began 
law school at the Univ. of Baltimore 
8/89, and still plays lacrosse, basket- 
ball, and Softball. She sees Kim Knox, 
who's in Philadelphia, and Ann Martin 
Gonya and Karen Gonya Mickles '86, 
who live in Baltimore. Ann spent 3 
weeks in Kenya with husband Jeff: in 
Nairobi they met up with Mary Pope 
Hudson Waring '83 and her husband 
Charles. Ann and Jeff are renovating 
their home in Guilford, MD and she 
works for Riggs, Connselman, 
Michaels & Downes, regional 
insurance brokers, as an account 
executive. 

Halfway around the world in New 
Zealand is Leigh Watkins Taylor, and 
she sounds like she loves it more and 
more every time I hear from her. She 
still works for Cambridge Stud as the 
personal secretary to the owner of the 
farm, which has given her lots of 
responsibility, including organizing a 




"Royal Tour" this past Feb, She was at 
SBC last summer and saw Elizabeth 
and Melinda '88 Sher, and Keedle 
Grones. She says it's "life in the fast 
lane", but even so, there are only 3 TV 
channels in New Zealand! Heard from 
Cecily Schuiz, who is getting married 
this Sept. to Guido Ugo, in Lynchburg. 
She met Guido, who is from Sardinia, 
during her Jr. Yr. in France. They'll be 
deciding whether to live in Italy or the 
States. For now, Cecily is practicing 
law with Murphy, McGettigan & West, 
in Alexandria Cathleen Brooke Dunkle 
and husband Kurt live in Jacksonville: 
Cathleen is head of the PR Dept. at 
Independent Life as an editor and 
corporate writer, while Kurt is an 
attorney with Roger, Towers, Bailey, 
Jones & Gay. Martha Boxley Creasy 
and Grimes are still in Richmond. By 
the time you read this. Grimes will 
have graduated from law school, taken 
the bar, and they will be headed west 
for vacation. Martha spent a weekend 
in Hot Springs with Betty Sayler, 
Frances Clardy, and Perry Llles Perry 
works at the White House Office of 
National Service, and still lives with 
Frances Clardy In Alexandria. Laura 



Groppe works in Los Angeles as an 
assistant director. She just finished up 
"Little Havana" with Jimmy Smits, 
filming in LA. and Miami. She saw 
Katherine Beck Menefee '84 and her 
baby last summer, and visited with 
Bet Dykes Pope '83 and Jana Portman 
'82. Laura reports that Jana's boutique 
in Atlanta is doing well. She also sees 
Chris Svoboda '84, who lives in LA. 

More great news: Jeanie Guthans 
Wllklns and husband Richard had a 
boy, born 1/26. She's busy preparing 
for reunion, and keeping up with 
Carleton Richard, Jr. Barbara Tragakis 
Conner and Yost expect baby #2 any 
day now, and daughter Margaret is 2. 
Time flies! Barbara works for Mary Kay 
Cosmetics and will be recognized at 
their seminar in Dallas this summer. 
Yost still works for Conrad Cafritz in 
real estate development. Ginger Ryon 
is marrying John Church 7/7/90 in WV. 
John is a pilot for US Air, and Ginger 
works for them also. They will live in 
Roanoke Suzanne Weaver Zimmer 
will be in the wedding. Suzanne and 
her husband Jeff recently purchased 
their first house outside Chicago. She 
teaches at-risk 4 year olds in a state 



Class of 1985 at Reunion '90 

program Madge Hall writes from 
Williamsburg that she is getting 
married 5/90 in Urbanna. Susan Carr 
Nickel '86 will be in the wedding. She 
and her husband, Paul Vosteen, who 
has been studying graphic design at 
the Atlanta College of Art, will move to 
Atlanta. Madge worked for the past 3 
years with the Colonial Williamsburg 
Foundation. Yet another VA wedding - 
this time for Nancy Finley, who will be 
married 6/90. Nancy lives, however, on 
the west coast in Monterey, and she 
loves it, except for the earthquake! She 
saw Kama Boswell in Dallas this past 
winter. Kama had spent 2 years in 
Austin getting her MBA before heading 
back to Dallas. She is now with the 
Zaie Corporation, in their advertising/ 
marketing dept., and reports that sister 
Brianna '82 has a baby girl named 
Hannah. Kama sees Jill Redpath 
Noland and Missy Dugglns '86 in 
town, and she'll attend Nancy Finley's 
wedding in June. Jill Redpath married 
William Noland 8/88. Jill works for 
Bank One, TX, as a commercial work 
out officer. She keeps extra busy as 
the treasurer of the SBC Club of Dallas, 
and meets Melissa Schoen Hitt. 



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Melissa married Jeff Hitt 4/89 and they 
live in Dallas. There are tons of us in 
the DC area: Christine Corcoran 
Trauth and husband John are in 
Alexandria, where she not only works 
but runs and trains for 10K road races, 
such as the President's Biathalon and 
the Winchester Triathalon. Barbara 
Donlgan is still with Booz Allen & 
Hamilton, Inc., in the management 
consulting division at the US EPA. She 
is writing a novel, and really enjoys her 
job. Cheryl Fortin Young and her 
husband Richard live in Arlington and 
expect their 1st baby, 9/90. Shelley 
Jobe married Michael Alan Milan last 
Oct. in Washington. Lots of SBC'ers 
attended. She and Mike bought a 
house in Silver Spring, and she joined 
the Jr. League of Washington, with 
Leanne Weber Kreis and Cheryl 
Gorman. Shelly is an elementary 
school teacher at a private school. 

Heidi Belofsky Turk and husband 
Gregg vacationed in HI. She is still a 
vice president for Capitol Properties. 
She has kept riding and they will have 
2 race horses to go to the track this 
year. Caroline Clayton became 
engaged to Christopher Tufts this past 
New Year's Eve, and they will be 
married in DC this Christmas. Caroline 
is a financial specialist for Martin 
Marietta. In her spare time she studies 
French, and French cooking at 
L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda. 
She and DeAnne Blanton get together 
often. DeAnne lives in Arlington, and is 
an archivist at the National Archives, in 
the Military Reference Branch, which 
deals with 19th century Army records. 
Whitney Machnik, in Essex, CT, is 
having a great time as the banquet 
manager and hotel manager at the 
Griswold Inn. Sherry Booth moved to 
Boston and works for a company 
developing math software for children. 
She sees Ro Gambrill and keeps in 
touch with Ellen Raine Joyner and 
Romi Williams. She reports that Ellen 
is still working for SAS in Raleigh, and 
Romi is in paralegal school in Atlanta. 
Romi writes that she is majoring in 
real estate and probate and she 
graduates 5/90. Disa Johnson is 
marrying Charles Cheston III in Beverly 
Farms, MA 6/90. The honeymoon's a 
secret - she only knows it's someplace 
"warm by the water"... Janice 
Vandenheuvel '86 will be in the 
wedding. Disa has been manager of 
the Baby's Room, but will leave to help 
her husband with his own business. 
Linda Miller lives in Frederick, MD and 
works for Frederick Computers. She 
attended Elizabeth Kelley Ravitz's 
wedding last summer. Laurie 
Limpitlaw's postmark on her card was 
NYC - she is with the Children's Aid 
Society, consulting and receiving post- 
graduate training. She has done quite a 
bit of skiing, and vacationed in CA. She 



plans to return to school in '91 for her 
doctorate. 

Ruthann Holland married Thomas 
Zinz this past May. They will live in 
Cincinnati. Dale Banfield and Nancy 
Ness were bridesmaids. Lenetta 
Archard is in Salt Lake City, working 
for Amoco as assist, to the general 
manager, and started on her MBA at 
Westminster College. She has taken 
advantage of the great UT ski areas to 
learn cross country skiing. Linda 
Manley married David Darling of 
Raleigh in 3/89, and she teaches 3rd 
grade in the Campbell County, VA 
school system. Sandy Whaling is in 
Winston-Salem as an account rep. for 
Carolina Manufacturer's Services, a 
coupon redemption agency. She is 
renovating an old townhouse, and 
planted her 1st garden. Kara Grady 
Godfrey and her husband live in 
Marietta, GA with 2 cats, 1 dog, and no 
kids (yet). She is a technical writer for 
Tridata, Inc., a software company and 
affiliate of Bell South. They took a 2nd 
honeymoon to Maui and Kauai, and 
she keeps in touch with Karin Balling. 
Maha Kanoo's letter came by way of 
Bahrain. She will work for her father in 
Dubai this fall. Gale Oertii Judd and 
her husband are in St. Louis, working 
and starting a commercial organic 
vegetable garden. She saw Sarah 
Babcock '83 and Elizabeth Sprague 
'84 at a horse show in Palm Beach. 
Jane Stancill lives in Chapel Hill and is 
a reporter for the Raleigh News and 
Observer. She received a Master of 
Arts in Journalism from UNC-Chapel 
Hill in 1989. Tracy Birch is at the Univ. 
of Southern FL College of Education, 
where she will complete her final 
semester this fall as a student teacher 
for 4th grade. Kathryn Bosco 
Kosanovich and her husband Mark are 
in Chicago, where she is a commercial 
loan officer with Citicorp, and Mark is 
the general manager of "The 
Eccentric", Oprah Winfrey's restaurant. 

Caperton Morton Scott and 
husband Bruce are the proud parents 
of new baby Eli, bom 7/3/89. She and 
Bruce moved from Warrenton back to 
Amherst County last year and they now 
reside on Cape's parents' farm near 
SBC. She has been working part-time 
at the Wailes Center, while Bruce 
began an irrigation business. Cape will 
begin a business of her own soon, 
called "Cape Creations", stenciling and 
decorating baskets and other goodies. 
She keeps in touch with Sally Geer, 
who's in Jacksonville managing an 
office complex, Martha Shorter 
Lanier, in Birmingham as a manager 
trainee for a large dept. store, and Kim 
Costello Ridlon, in Jessup, MD, and a 
home economist. Thanks, Cape, for all 
the great news! 

Karen Akin is in San Francisco, 
teaching at the Everett Middle School. 



She performs in local nightclubs with a 
folk/country band called Redwood 
Highway. Not too far away is Ruth 
Still, who left her job with the Hastings 
Law Library in San Francisco and is 
now with the Data Center in Oakland. 
She is doing temp work for the Sierra 
Club, and expects to complete her 
master's this fall from UC Berkeley. 
Kym Costello is nursing at UVA in the 
recovery room, and takes classes in 
the master's critical care program. She 
saw Wendy Brooks, who manages a 
restaurant in Cape May, NJ. Lauren 
Swaylik is also in NJ, working for 
Concurrent Computer Corp. as a 
program manager. She bought a 
townhouse last Oct., and recently 
received an MBA. Haifleigh Hall 
married Thomas Pritchard 3/89. They 
are in Atlanta, where Thomas works 
for Bear, Stearns, and Co., Inc. Susan 
Palmer Amaro and husband Francisco 
have a baby boy named Alex, and they 
live in Mexico City. Cathrien deLiagre 
Bohl writes from the Netherlands 
where she is a product manager for a 
coffee, tea, and tobacco company in 
Utrecht. She lives in Rotterdam, and 
sees quite a bit of Connie Van den 
Berg, who recently married Michiel 
Van Meurs. She heard from Befh 
Slayman Nubbe '84. 

As for myself, I am busy with 
work, and spend all free time house 
hunting for that "perfect place". ..well, 
close to it, anyway! I am still employed 
with the Boston University Corporate 
Education Center in Tyngsboro, MA, as 
program manager for a programmer 
training class, which includes serving 
as an instructor and doing some 
course development. It's very 
challenging and a lot of fun. Vacations 
have taken me to San Francisco and 
AZ in the past few months. Thanks 
again for all your wonderful letters 
over the past 5 years. I've had a great 
time as class secretary. Best wishes 
for another exciting year! 



1989 



President 

lei Gllison, 676 South Columbus, 

Alexandria, VA 22314 

Secretary 

Margaret Frazier, 4757 Walnut Grove, 

Memphis, TN 38117 

Fund Agent 

Gina Pollock, 11902 Jacaranda, 

Cypress, TX 77429 

Thank you all for writing! It looks 
as though we survived our big first 
year out of school. Some are starving 
on 1st year salaries and grad school 
stipends, others are planning 
weddings! Here's the latest: 



I enjoyed spending Easter weekend 
at SBC when I saw several '89 friends. 
Laura Mangus was there and enjoys 
living in Denver and rooming with 
Mary North Church who is in grad 
school at U. of CO. Karen Greer lives 
in San Francisco and works in a 
contemporary art gallery there. She 
had a wonderful time traveling in 
Indonesia and welcomes anyone to 
come see her in San Francisco. Twig 
O'Dell shares an apartment in 
Richmond with Amy Ottoway, and 
loves working as a paralegal. She and 
Laura Mangus had a great time in 
Europe this past summer. Monica 
Mahoney lives in Lexington and has 
had several exciting commissions, so 
is still painting! Sandy Martin is 
looking for a job in Denver. Wesley 
Powell is in Birmingham "in between 
opportunities!" She's working part- 
time and looking for another job. Beth 
Wheeler and Kelly Straughn live 
together in Birmingham. Beth has 
worked for Browning Ferris Industries 
since Sept. and Kelly is a credit analyst 
at National Bank of Commerce. Other 
big Birmingham news is the 
engagement of Julie Littleton. Her 
wedding will be 7/1 4! Mary Ann 
Kramlich is at Georgia State Univ. 
hoping to get her teaching certificate 
by spnng '91. She has been substitute 
teaching and sees Karen Ashworth, 
Karen Cole, and Stacy White who also 
live in Atlanta. Amy Jenkins is an 
admissions counselor at SBC. She 
attended Chris Mohn's wedding at 
Thanksgiving and enjoyed seeing 
several classmates. Edie Rue enjoys 
her new life in Santa Cruz, CA, 
studying for her Ph.D. in chemistry. 
She will be there for 4 more years 
doing research in chemical ocean- 
ography, and writes, "The motto is eat 
when you are 60, sleep when you die!" 
Hang in there Edie! Lauren Mefz, in 
Hamilton, NY, opened a men's and 
women's apparel store, Nick and 
Nora's Clothing and says the retail 
business is fun. Jean McKinney is a 
1 St grade teacher at Greenwich 
Academy in Greenwich, CTand going 
back for her masters in education at 
Manhattanville College in Purchase, 
NY. She will see more of Brooke Haw 
who has been working for International 
Paper in Memphis and recently 
received a promotion to NY. She will 
live in Greenwich and work in the CT 
and NY offices. Debbie Schmidt writes 
from NY that she and Penny Burnett 
live together. Debbie is in the Appraisal 
Dept. at Sotheby's. They see Helen 
Bradley and Rebecca Hendrix who 
live together in NYC. Helen is in the 
continuing ed. program at Parson's 
School of Design, working on her 
Associates Degree in Art and Sciences 
for Interior Design. Rebecca enjoys her 
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Stanton Is happily married and 
teaching piano In Chapel Hill, IMC while 
finishing her 1st year of postgraduate 
work in musicology at UNC-CH. She 
plans to take time off next year to 
concentrate under the tutelage of 
Michael Zenge JoAnn Bobolin lives in 
Atlanta with Stacy Meadows '88, and 
is an actuary with Ernst and Young. 
Kimberly Willcock is an account 
executive for Litel Telecommunications 
Corp. in Pittsburgh and enjoys the new 
challenges of sales! Her SBC 
roommate Sarah West will be married 
in May. Ellen Duffle was married in 
Richmond to Keith Fritz and they 
moved to Washington state. Clara 
Green is busy acting and will be in The 
Lost Colony this summer in NC. She 
and several SBC buddies will be in the 
wedding of Beth Hodgkins. Beth and 
Brad will move after their honeymoon 
to Northern CT where he is stationed in 
the Navy. Adrlana Beckman is doing 
freelance writing at home after her trip 
to Nairobi. Kenya. Missy Walker is in 
the medical records dept. at Memorial 
Hospital and trying to save money for 
her move to CA next year. Id Ollison 
loves her job in D.C. with William D. 
Harris and Associates, a political 
affairs/consulting firm, where she has 
many exciting projects and works with 
Beth Bennett '88 Lee Webster is a 
management trainee for Napa Valley 
Bank in Napa, CA and also competes 
her farm's homebred Connemara 
ponies. Bennett Butcher has exciting 
news of her engagement to Peter 
Coleman. She has been teaching in a 
pre-school and will attend grad school 
in education at Miami Univ. Allyson 
Welch, Heather Varney and Ellis 
Mattingly all live together in McLean, 
Va. Allyson is a program analyst. 
Heather works for an environmental 
company and is getting married in July 
to Frank Rooney. They will move to 
Durham, NC where Frank will attend 
Duke in the fall. Ellis works for a lab. 
and is starting vet school in the fall at 
VA Tech. Tracy Carter loves her job as 
an operations coordinator at Donnelley 
Marketing in Stamford, CT, where she 
sets up promotions in supermarkets 
nationwide. Kim Brooks is in an 
accelerated program at Johns Hopkins 
Univ. for a BS in nursing, will then 
work in intensive care. Michelle 
Teuscher lives in Arlington, VA and 
works for IBM on 2 accounts - the 
State Dept. and U.S. Embassies. 
Courtney Kneece Grimm is in law 
school at the Univ. of FL and working 
for a corporate law firm in Augusta, GA 
this summer. She is excited about the 
new house she and Scott bought in 
Jacksonville! Whitney Bay moved to 
Portsmouth, VA to be with her fiance, 
John Hopewell. They have set a date - 
Oct. 27! Pauline Hanson is at the La 
Habra Children's Museum in La Habra, 



CA. Raquel Hickman has been with 
United Airlines but will leave to start 
her tour as an Army Second Lieutenant 
by attending the Army Engineering 
School in MO. By Christmas she will 
be stationed in Heidelberg, Germany in 
command of her own platoon. 
Kimberly Kline works full time in 
Tampa, FL at a psychiatric hospital as 
an admissions counselor. She is 
interviewing to get into a rehabilitation 
counseling program. Susan Arnold 
Fortunate and her husband are in NY 
where she works in publishing. She 
and Chris expect their 1st child in Aug. 
Beth Donald is a computer 
programmer for Computer Science 
Corporation in Laurel, MD. Julia 
Carter is at Bryn Mawr College in grad 
school and plans to start this fall at the 
Medical College of PA. Kristen Layman 
is working her way through law school 
at the Univ. of Baltimore. This summer 
she will study comparative law at the 
Univ. of Aberdeen, Scotland. Anne 
Gaston is caretaker of giraffes, rhinos, 
and tigers at Kings Dominion. She 
sees a lot of Lynn Weinberg '87 and 
Annette Shillestad (Skippy). Skippy 
works with Beneficial Loan Company. 
Laura Hill Grimes lives in sunny Maui, 
HI and loves it! Sarah Consolino 
works for the New York Times 
Company Magazine Group in the 
human resources dept. and really 
enjoys it. Sarah had a skiing accident 
on New Year's Day and had 
reconstructive surgery on her knee. 
Hang in there, Sarah! She enjoys 
seeing Tish Markey and Kathleen 
Koesterer who live together. Tish is a 
research analyst for MMT Sales, Inc., a 
media firm that sells TV advertising 
space. Aubrey Adam lives in Boston 
and is happily employed by Paine 
Webber as a sales assistant. Angle 
Cabell is in Richmond working for a 
law firm and attending grad courses at 
the Univ. of Richmond. Susan Chicone 
graduated from the Univ. of FL 
Journalism School and works for Cox 
Communications in Atlanta. Wendy 
Hastings toured Europe last summer 
and is now the asst. mgr. of the 
Crestmont Resort in Eagles Mere, PA. 
She plans to enter paramedic school 
11/90. Beth Farmer enjoys her 
business as a presentation specialist 
and is also interested in a part time job 
in architecture or interior design. 
Joycelyn Michelle Henderson is a 
legal assistant with a firm in Houston 
and plans to enter law school in Aug. 
Kalhy Bolton also works for a law firm 
in Houston and had some exciting 
assignments this 1 st year! She sees 
Gina Pollock who also works in 
Houston and will go to grad school in 
the spring. Emmy Leung lives in 
Richmond and works for the VA Dept. 
of Agriculture in the seed laboratory. 
MJchele Morris Majer and her 



husband are program directors of New 
England Salem Children's Trust, a non 
profit internationally affiliated home for 
children. Shelly Kachura has become 
re-involved with her church and 
children's schools with her free time 
now. Her husband was relocated to 
northern VA so they will move soon. 
Virginia Baublitz Peters was married 
last spring and moved to Cape May, NJ 
where she teaches at an individually 
guided school Leza Griffith is in her 
1 St year at the Univ. of Baltimore law 
school and will study in Scotland this 
summer with Kristen Layman. Stacy 
Shelton Poe and her husband live in 
Arcadia, CA and she bookkeeps for her 
husband's company. Lane Advertising 
Specialties. Kathleen Rosato works at 
an advertising agency in NYC as a 
creative coordinator and also takes 
photography classes at Parson School 
of Design. Annette Franklin Middleton 
was married in July at the Sweet Briar 
Chapel.They live in Monroe, VA and 
Annette works at the VA Baptist 
Hospital. Hildee Williams sends news 
of her engagement to Alistair! She is 
interning in Charleston, SC for the 
Spoleto Festival and busy with plans 
for the 10/20 wedding. Latane 
Spencer lives in Middleburg, VA and is 
assistant director of admissions at 
Foxcroft School. I had a great time 
seeing her and Ruth Taul who also 
works at Foxcroft in publications. 

As for me, I lived in London for the 
past 6 months and worked in a gallery. 
I am looking for a job in D.C. and plan 
to move there in June. After leaving 
London I traveled in Greece with 
Susan Stoebner who also lived in 
London working in a china store. We 
had a hilarious trip! It's been great to 
hear from each of you. The best of luck 
in the coming year, stay in touch!!! 



Correction 

The photo of Patti Powell 
Pusey '60 that appeared on the 
inside back cover of the summer 
1990alumnaemagazinewastaken 
during the February 1990 Reunion 
Gifts Telethon by Bee Newman 
Thayer '61 at Starwood Publish- 
ing Inc. in Washington. D.C, the 
offices of Rue Wallace Judd '61. 

We regret that these credits 
did not appear alongside the photo, 
and thank all three alumnae for 
their work for Sweet Briar: Patti, 
for telephoning her classmates; 
Rue for her generosity in donating 
her office space and telephones: 
and Bee. National Reunion Gifts 
Chairman (at that time, chairman- 
elect), for her help and encour- 
agement. 



SWEET BRIAR 



Assistarit Editor 

and Class Notes Editor 

Managing Editor 

Design 



NANCY GODWIN BALDWIN 57 
NOREEN DONNELLY PARKER 

ANN MORRISON REAMS '42 

THE DESIGN GROUP 
Lyrx^hburg, VA 



Alumnae Board, Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 
July 1.1990-June 30, 1991 



NANNETTE MC8URNEY 
CROWDUS '57 
Spnng Lake, Ml 

JANE MERKLE BORDEN '65 
Denver. CO 



First Vice PresKjenl and 
Direclof of Clubs 

Second Vice Prestdeni 



Third Vice Presidenl 
and Alumnae Admisaons 
Represenlalwe Chairman 



Treasurer 
(Finance Chairman) 

AJumnae Fund Chainnan 



Nominaling Chairman 



National Proiect Chairman 



Academic Outreach 
Chairman 

Rnancial Aid Chairman 



NATHAUE RYAN HOYI 72 
Houston, TK 

LYNNE GARDNER DETMEB 68 
Norwalk, CT 

ANN YOUNG BLOOM '59 
Wynnewood, PA 
MARY JOHNSON NELSON '64 
Lookout Mountain, TN 

CLARE NEWMAN 
BLANCHARO '60 
Madison, NJ 

BARBARA SAMPSON 
BORSCH '59 
Los Angeles. CA 

FRANCES MCCLUNG 
FERGUSON '80 
Blicott Oty, MD 

ANNE WILSON ROWE 57 

Fredencksburg. VA 

SANDRA TAYLOR 
CRA)GHEAD 74 
Richmond, VA 



Career Planning Chaimian SUSAN SUDDUTH 
DODSON-66 
Uttle Hock, AR 



Regional Chairmen 



NANCY WHfTE BRYANT '79 
Croton-on-Hudson. NY 

MARGARET CHRISTIAN 
RYAN '74 
Wayne, PA 

JUUA JACKSON NICHOLS '56 
Clarteburg.WV 

LUCY OTtS ANDERSON 63 
Charlotte. NC 

CajAWILLJAMSDUNN'61 
Savannah. GA 

NORMA BRADLEY ARNOLD "44 
Versarites, KY 

CATHERINE FLAHERTY 80 
Ptymoulh. MN 

ANNE MERCER 
KORNEGAY '66 
Baton Rouge. LA 

ANNE ALLEN SYMONDS 62 
Houston, TX 

UNDA FRAZIER KETTH 75 
Piedmont. CA 

KELLY STRAUQHN '89 
armuTgham, AL 

JACY CARTER 90 
Athens. GA 



Members ot the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar 
nominated by the Alumnae Association and elected by 
the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar DOROTHY 

WOODS MCLEOD '58. Nashviile. TM; HELEN MURCHISON 
LANE 46, Jacksonville, FL KATHERINE UPCHURCH 
TAKVORIAN 72, Concord, MA; PATRICIA NEALE VAN 
CUEF72, Nicholasville,KY, 

Ex officio LYN DILLAPD GRONES '45, Virginia Beach. VA. 
Planned Giving Chamian; ELIZABETH OOUCEH NEILL '41. 
Southern Pines. NC, Boxwood OrcJe Chairman and Furvj 
Ageni Chamnan; VIRGINIA UPCHURCH COUJER 72, 
Chesleriown, MD, GoWen Stairs Chaman; JOOY RAINES 
8RINKLEY '57, Richmond, VA. Annual Fund Chairman; 
MILDRED NEWMAN THAYER '61. Madson, NJ, Reunon 
Gifts Chairman: PATRICIA PI3WEU. PUSEY '60. Ariington. 
VA. Reunion Gitis Chainnan-elect; NANCY GODWIN 
BALDWIN '57, MonnDe. VA, Editor. Alumnae Magazine. 
ANNE MORRISON REAMS '42. Lynchburg. VA. Direclor. 
Ahjmnae AsscoalKXi 



Members-al-Large 



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THE SWEET BRIAR TRADITION 



A Great Combination: 
An Interview Witii 
Serena Ailes Stevens 30 



"Why hasn't my trust 
officer told me about this?" 
was how Serena Ailes 
Stevens greeted Winton C. 
Smith, Jr., at the dose of his 
lecture. Winton, Sweet 
Briar's planned giving con- 
sultant, is renowned for his 
down-to-earth analysis of 
estate planning and tax is- 
sues. Serena had the good 
fortune to attend one of his 
seminars last fall. 

Of course, Serena's quip 
was in jest She had a dedi- 
cated, well-informed financial 
advisor who looked after her 
interests and the interests of 
her family with great care. 
Tliough she often thought it 
would be nice to include 
Sweet Briar in her plans, 
Serena did not pursue the 
idea, thinking it would inter- 
fere or conflict with arrange- 
ments she and her trust 
officer had already set 

Winton, however, knew 
better. And by the close of 
his lecture, Serena knew 
better, too. She had discov- 
ered a way to contribute to 
Sweet Briar, provide for her 
family and save taxes — all 
just in time for her sixtieth 
Reunion. 



Her gift is in the form of a 
charitable lead trust hi 
simple terms, it provides the 
College with interest income 
for a given number of years, 
after which the property 
reverts to the family. 

In Serena's case, the irre- 
vocable trust was funded with 
appreciated securities, fur- 
ther enhancing the tax advan- 
tages of the gift 

"It is a great combination," 
says Serena "You can do 
something for everybody: 
your class, your college, your 
grandchildren and yourself. 
In addition to the personal 
satisfaction I derived from 
the experience, I gained a 
very nice tax credit" 

The Class of 1930 will 
receive recognition for the 
gift which Serena hopes will 
inspire others to include the 
College in their plans. 

If you would like informa- 
tion about charitable lead 
trusts and other taxwise 
giving opportunities, please 
write or call William H. 
Meadows in, Yice President 
for College Relations, Box G, 
Sweet Briar College, Sweet 
Briar, VA 24595 (804/381- 
6161. 




Serena Ailes Stevens is a Sweet Briar alumna and parent. Her daughters are 
Serena Henry VanTassel, Class of 1957 and the late Pam Henry Oberlander, 
Class of 1959. In 1978, she gave a significant book collection to the library in 
memory of her brother, Edgar H. Ailes, a Rhodes Scholar. Serena is an avid 
traveler and member of the English Speaking Union (ESU), a worldv/ide 
organization sponsoring educational Interchanges of students and adults, 
promoting language research and fostering communication within the 
international community. 



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everybody: your class, your 
college, your grandchildren 
and yourself/' 



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1991 



September 1 


New students arrive 


January 7 


Wmter Term begins 


September 2 


Returning students arrive 


January 9, 16, 23, 30 Winter Forums 


September 5 


Classes begin 




Lectures 


September 6 


Opening Convocation: 


February 1 


Winter Term ends 




Distinguished Alumna Award 


February 7 


Spring Term begins 


September 14 


FOCUS* Lynchburg. VA 


March 10-11 


Admissions Open House for 


September 21 -22 Board of Directors Recognition 




Juniors 




Weekend (Washington, D.C.) 


March 22-31 


Spring Recess 


October 4-7 


Alumnae Council 


April 7-8 


Admissions Open House for 


October 5 


Founders' Day: Outstanding 




Accepted Applicants 




Alumna Award 


April 


Ewald Symposium: "Europe in 


October 7 


Inauguration of President 




1992." Dates tba 




Barbara Ann Hill 


April 


Friends of Art and library 


October 14-15 


FOCUS* Tidewater, VA 




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October 18 


FOCUS* CharlottesviUe, VA 


April 19-20 


Board of Directors 


October 19 


President's Parents Council 


April 19-21 


Alumnae Board 




Annual Meeting 


May 5-6 


Admissions Open House for 


October 20 


Parents' Day 




Juniors 


October 21 -22 


Admissions Open House 


May 15 


Classes end 




for Seniors 


May 16-22 


Examination period 


October 26 


Friends of Art and Library 


May 25 


Baccalaureate Service 


October 28-29 


Admissions Open House for 


May 26 


Eighty-second Commencement 




Seniors 


May 31 -June 2 


Alumnae Reunion 


November 4-5 


FOCUS* Richmond, VA 






November 11-12 

November 16-17 
November 20-25 


Admissions Open House for 

Seniors 

Board of Directors (on campus) 

Thanksgiving Recess 


* FOCUS ON SWEET BRIAR: Events to inti-oduce 
President Barbara Hill to our most important Sweet 
Briar friends — alumnae, parents, guidance counselors, 
heads of schools, prospective students. 


December 11 


Classes end 






December 13-18 


Examination period 






December 18 


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John, Katherine and I have 
become settled at Sweet Briar, and 
as we enter this new year, we are 
especially grateful to be here. We 
have received the warmest of 
welcomes from those alumnae we 
have met at events on campus and 
in travels to local alumnae club 
gatherings. Each of you has helped 
to make this the very special place 
we have found it to be. 

You should be proud of what 
Sweet Briar is today, lite Sweet 
Briar that was relevant for you 
continues to be important in the 
world of higher education. Many 
young women find this the perfect 
setting for their college years, with a 
committed faculty, excellent facili- 
ties, a superior, competitive aca- 
demic program, and the small class 
size and individual attention each 
of you remembers so well. This 
year's freshman class met high 
standards for entrance. They are 
proving to be bright, inquisitive 
young women. Our graduates leave 
well equipped for challenging 
careers, demanding graduate 
programs, and responsible involve- 
ment in their communities. Sweet 
Briar has helped prepare them to 
juggle the demands of careers, 
families and communities, with 
time for themselves. 



lam immensely proud of the 
students I see at Sweet Briar today, 
and I feel that same pride in the 
alumnae I meet Thank you for 
your dedication to Sweet Briar, for 
your loyal support, your gifts of time 
and resources, and for being the 
best public relations officers we 
have. Continue to keep Sweet Briar 
visible in your communities. You 
are our ambassadors, our recruit- 
ers of new students, and the life- 
blood of this College through your 
volunteerism. For all of us at the 
College, I thank you. 

Warmest wishes 

Barbara A. Hill 
President 




SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



MARY HcLEiM uoCHRan LiBRARY 
SWEET BRiAR COLLEGE 
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Sweet Briar's Eighth President: A Profile 

by Nancy St. Clair Talley '56 

Reflections on Women and the 21st Century 

by Dr. Mary S. Metz ^^'"'^""'V.-torti.'^ "^ 

Builders, Benefactors and Volunteers 10 

by Dr. M. Elizabeth Tidball ^"^^^^F^I^^^^^fifS!^ % 

Founders' Day Presentation of the Outstanding Alumna Award 

by Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57 i^^Q)^^>^r^ki^^^M 

Four Days in October 14 

Distinguished Alumna^ 
In the Spotlight . 

Christmas at the Berlin Wall, 1989 20 

by Judith Sorley Chalmers '59 "^J^S^ 

The AAR Program of the Nineties: l\Aaking A Difference ^t,^adlS^23 





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Notices/Recent Deaths 




Class Notes \ji.d4 28 



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SWEET BRIAR'S EIGHTH PRESIDENT: 



A PROFILE 




he new president 
of Sweet Briar College 
has made decisions 
today's student may face. 
Dr. Barbara Ann Hill com- 
bines scholarship with lead- 
ership, the achievement of 
career with the satisfaction of a close 
family. She has reached her goals with 
style and grace. She has it all — and she 
sympathizes deeply with that student 

"I think there are going to be more 
demands placed on women by society, 
demands that they will have to respond 
to in order for us to remain a strong, 
viable economy," said Dr. Hill one 
morning soon after taking office. The 
early September sun fell through her 
office window on her smooth blond bob 
and lit her face along with the spacious 
room. "What women will have to do is 
work from a set of clear, articulated 
values to balance what other people will 
ask of them and what they will want to 
ask of themselves." 

This generation of women can't stop 
with defining what comes first. The 
decision will be rather "how many firsts 
you can accomplish at the same time." 
Dr. Hill understands the implications of 
her phrase. Having established a 
number of first priorities for herself, she 
seems not so much to balance them as 
to juggle them. Activity, not rest, 
describes her accomplishment 

Accomplishment is one of the words 
she uses to describe Sweet Briar. "For 
my first year at Sweet Briar," she said, 
leaning forward with an animation that 
photographers seem unable to repro- 
duce, "I want the community to have a 
sense of coming together, of realizing 
that past accomplishments are to be 
valued as we try to imagine the school's 
future accomplishments." 



BY NANCY ST. CLAIR TALLEY '56 



A strong demonstration of Sweet 
Briar's past accomplishment she 
believes, is the strength of its alumnae. 
"During the interview process I had the 
excitement of meeting alumnae who 
were incredibly vital people," she 
recalled. 'They were from all parts of 
the country, they'd all done different 
kinds of things, and yet they immedi- 
ately accepted me into the circle. It was 
clear that they were intelligent and they 
valued this place as being the place that 
brought them to a sense of their own 
powers." 

Expanding those powers for the new 
generation of alumnae is Dr. Hill's aim 
for Sweet Briar's future accomplish- 
ment "My goal is an institution with a 
clear sense that it is all right for women 
to be strong," she said, choosing her 
words carefully. 'The kinds of strengths 
that need to be developed for the next 
century may be slightiy different than 
they were for those who graduated 40 
years ago. TTie context in which women 
will live out their lives is shifting. What 
women need to bring to that context 
may shift a little, and I want everyone to 
understand that if s all right for those 
shifts to occur. 

"I think the women who come here," 
she continued, "have to have a good 
sense of self-esteem, one that allows 
them to say, 'I am worth concentrating 
on for the next four years.' TTiey realize 
that they are going to have a better 
chance of doing that at a women's 
college." 

Concerned nearly all of her profes- 
sional life with the education of women, 
Dr. Hill comes to Sweet Briar from 
coeducational Denison University, 
where she served four years as provost 
Moreover, she began her series of 
nonstop academic successes in coeduca- 
tion. It was as a member of the Class of 
1965 at the University of Illinois that she 
developed a joint talent for scholarship 



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and administration: an English major 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she was also 
elected to Mortarboard as a student 
leader. Starting as a residence represen- 
tative from an area that included 
women's dorms and a number of 
sororities, she was elected administra- 
tive vice president her junior year and, 
senior year, executive vice president "I 
found student government a wonderful 
way to develop skills," she said. "I liked 
the fact that people in other colleges, 
even engineering and agriculture, knew 
who I was and were willing to deal with 
me directly. 

"Mind you," she cautioned, "that was 
not a typical experience at the Univer- 
sity of Illinois. At the time I was there, 
there were 40,000 students. There was a 
huge attrition rate — rumor had it that 
half the freshman class wasn't there 
when sophomore year rolled around. 
Even then I felt that was unhealthy, 
partly because there were young 
women in my own sorority who fell by 
the wayside. It seemed to me such a 
loss. I suppose that was one reason I 
chose eventually to work at smaller 
colleges, where that kind of thing was 
less likely to happen." 

Bom Barbara Ann Johnson in 
Wallace, Idaho, where her father was 
stationed during World War 11, Dr. HiU 
grew up in Brookfield, a Chicago 
suburb. Her father owned a business 
now run by her younger brother; two 
younger sisters have careers also. Her 
mother had been a teacher. Barbara was 
a bom student "I had a rather organized 
family life," she explained. "When I got 
home from school, I was expected to 
participate in family chores. The 
evenings were for study. If I finished 
with my studying, I was encouraged to 
read — always encouraged to read. 

"And my parents strongly encour- 
aged Illinois, partly because they wanted 
to make sure that all four children could 
go to college. My father's phrase for it 
was, 'Please remember there are three 
behind you.' I can imagine other ways in 
which I would have been challenged had 
I made other choices — and the other 
choices were women's colleges — ^but 
Dlinois was a good experience for me." 

The determination not to be a 
financial drain on her family was one 




President Hill in Fletcher Arcade 



We were looking for an articulate communicator with an impressive 
academic and administrative background. Equally important were 
an ejq)erience in admissions work and a dedication to the education 
of young women. We found all these attributes in Dr. Hill, together 
with great style and a fine sense of humor The wonderfully surpris- 
ing pluses came when we met her fiiendly and interesting husband, 
John, and Kafherine, a very charming and sophisticated young 
daughter Everything came up roses, and we are very excited about 
Sweet Briar's future. 

Walter H. Brown 
Chairman, Board of Directors 



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factor in her choice for graduate work, 
the University of Washington. "I wanted 
to broaden myself and get out of the 
Midwest, so I applied only on the West 
Coast and the East Coast Although I 
was accepted everywhere I applied, 
Washington gave me a teaching 
fellowship — at other places I would have 
had to wait for support So I chose 
Washington because it would give me 
the experience of teaching, which one of 
my faculty advisers had recommended, 
and because it would make me more or 
less financially independent" 

At the University of Washington Dr. 
Hill earned both the MA (1967) and 
Ph. D. (1975) degrees. Studying in the 
same program was John M. Hill of 
Seattle. "We met in a class in Anglo- 
Saxon," she remembered, her face 
lighting up with the smile that, like the 
china blue eyes and the flawless skin, 
eludes photographers. "He thought I 
was engaged, 1 assume because he 
thought I was attractive. I thought he 
was married, because in the late sbcties 
he came to school with pressed shirts. 
So I assumed a wife — but it was his 
mother. We joke about that a lot 

"We married in 1969. We had taken 
our exams and completed everything for 
our degrees except the dissertations. 
Job-hunting! Was that an ordeal!" 

hey made what Dr. Hill 
called a practical deci- 
sion: he would apply first 
and she would follow up 
with applications to insti- 
tutions near those that put 
him in their applicant pool. 
From his many offers, she 
urged Smith College. "It struck me that 
it would have very bright students," she 
said, "and I thought he would do well in 
that circumstance. He agreed. So we 
went there, and I taught at the commu- 
nity college nearby." 

Dr. Hill served as assistant professor 
and instructor of humanities at Mt 
Holyoke Community College for six 
years, 1970-76. During the last two years 
she was also assistant director of the 
Center for Academic Assistance at 
Smith, taught part-time in the English 
department and was tutor in writing 
there as well. It was the beginning of her 
association with women's colleges. 




"When my husband left Smith to go 
to the Naval Academy, I chose to go 
with him. I felt that while 1 had useful 
work at the community college and at 
Smith, it was the sort of work I probably 
could duplicate in a new area. We 
moved, and I was asked to teach at 
Goucher, a temporary position, &"om 
which I moved to Hood. By that time I 
had become committed to women's 
colleges. At Hood I found the scale 
right the ambiance right 

"I don't think universities are derelict 
in their duty — I don't want to shake 
fingers at them," she said, a fi-own of 
thought appearing in her usually 
smooth forehead. "I think that in 
institutions that have complex missions 
it is difficuk to balance among them. I 
made a conscious choice in my career to 
move to liberal arts colleges because I 
thought the clarity of mission was 
healthy." 

At Hood CoUege, 1977-1983, Dr. Hill 
was first assistant then associate 
professor of English, and was granted 
tenure. She was honored with the 
American Council on Education Fellow- 
ship in Academic Administration, 1979- 
1980, and as a Danforth Foundation 
Associate, 1980-1985. Nomination for 
the ACE Fellowship, which built on the 
foundation of her undergraduate 
student government skills to fit her for 
college administration, came after her 
unsuccessful bid for Hood's deanship. 
She calls it her consolation prize. 

The ACE Fellowship included three 
weeklong seminars on university 
administration. Its structure also 
granted freedom to become the 
protegee of the chief academic officer, 
or the president, of either the fellow's 
own institiition or another institution. 
Dr. Hill chose to stay at Hood, working 
as an intern under Dr. Mary Metz, the 
provost who went on to become presi- 
dent of Mills College, and Dr. Martha E. 
Church, still Hood's president 

"It turned out that although I was to 
be Mary Metz's assistant the admis- 
sions director had resigned rather 
unexpectedly, and so 1 became acting 
director of admissions, knowing nothing 
about it In addition, I chose not to be 
released totally from teaching each 
semester, partly because I wanted to 




continue teaching freshmen, and partly 
because I was involved in a team 
teaching experiment Modes of Inquiry 
in the Sciences and Humanities, with a 
psychology professor, and I didn't want 
to leave that colleague in the lurch. It 
was an overburdened year — my own 
fault But that was useful. If s good to 
find out when you take on too much. 1 
learned how to say no, 1 think, during 
that year. I hope to be able to help 
others find out when it is appropriate to 
just say no." 

r. Hill's next academic 
move demonstrated an 
ability to say yes against 
tiie odds, hi 1983, witii 
daughter Katherine just 
over a year old, and 
husband John firmly 
established at the Naval 
Academy, she accepted a call to Barnard 
College as associate dean of the faculty. 
It was one of two job offers. The other, 
not a women's college, was nonetheless 
tempting: prestigious, exciting, and in 
the Washington area. "But 1 knew 1 
wanted to be a dean eventually," Dr. Hill 
said, "and while the position in Washing- 
ton would have filled out a resume, it 
wouldn't have given me a leg up for the 
next move. 

"I spent a lot of time talking with my 
husband and some colleagues about it 
Finally," she remembered, "my husband 
said, 'Look, the job at Barnard seems 
the one that's in the direct line for what 
you want to do. Could you create that 
job opening two years from now, when 
you would feel comfortable doing it?' 
And 1 said, 'Probably not' So he said, 
"Then you've got to go for it' Knowing 
that he became the absolute equal 
partner in my undertaking." 

New York took some adjusting. 
Logistics of the move did not work out 
as the Hills hoped, and 14'month-old 
Katherine lived primarily with her father 
for several months. Dr. Hill transferred 
administrative skills from her public life 
to her personal life, attacking problems 
as they arose, making adjustments as 
the need occurred, and scheduling a 
review of the whole arrangement every 
sbc months. 

"John got a leave of absence and 
joined me, and that took certain pres- 



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sures off. When he had to go back to the 
Naval Academy, we setded Katherine in 
New York City with me. I faced all the 
dilemmas a young woman faces when 
she moves to a new place — housing, 
child care, managing a budget, and in a 
sense dealing with commuting, because 
my husband and I got together every 
weekend. We lived on the Upper West 
Side, for the last year and a half in Buder 
Hall, one of the Columbia buildings, in a 
tiny apartment Katherine makes a joke 
about my office here — she says this 
office is much, much, much" — Dr. Hill's 
voice rose in imitation of her daughter — 
'iDigger than our apartment in New 
York." 

At Barnard, Dr. Hill was adjunct to 
the department of English, chairman of 
the curriculum committee, and recorder 
for the overall planning committee and 
for the personnel committee, where 
tenure and promotion were handled. 
She taught a senior seminar. She 
worked with faculty grants and with a 
visiting lecturer program. In addition, 
she continued as innovative editor of 
Liberal Education, the quarterly journal 
of the Association of American Colleges 
which she still serves as editorial board 
member. She describes the Barnard 
experience as a densely-packed three 
years, which functioned as an extension 
of her administrative internship at Hood. 
When invited to Denison University as 
provost, she felt prepared for the new 
administrative challenge. 

"I consciously chose a coeducational 
institution after Barnard," she reflected, 
"because I wanted to find out if there 
were things 1 needed to learn about the 
differences in educating women within 
that context And there were many. I 
was in a position to see the constant 
need to keep equity as your reigning 
value in decision making: resource 
allocation, judgment of quality of 
teaching, all sorts of things. Denison 
was a relatively progressive institution in 
this regard, yet it still had lots of places 
where we needed to keep working." 

hi four years at Denison Dr. HiU 
served under a president who resigned, 
an acting president and the present 
executive. Dr. Michele Tolela Myers. 
Dr. Hill had a learning curve that she 
calls "straight up." She missed teaching. 



which did not fit the pressures of the 
provost position, primarily because that 
position separated her somewhat from 
the students. Still, she was anything but 
isolated. Dr. Myers cites her style and 
energy, talent and optimism, and wide- 
ranging interests. Writing about her, the 
president of Denison said, "Among 
other things, she has studied Chinese, is 
a devotee of the music of Philip Glass, 
possesses a remarkable collection of 
cookbooks, loves to raise exotic veg- 
etables and herbs, and won fame and 
praise at Denison for her wonderful 
Chinese and hidian dinners, her 
unusual pizzas, and her dancing parties. 
You gain not only a president who 
possesses great ability but also a 
multifaceted colleague whose presence 
will enrich and enliven your common 
enterprise." 

arly this year, Dr. Hill became 
the unanimous choice of an 
eleven-member presidential 
search committee formed by 
Sweet Briar College last April. 
Walter H. Brown, chairman 
of the board of directors of 
the College, was chairman of 
the committee; Allison Stemmons 
Simon '63, vice chairman of the board of 
directors, was vice chairman. Included 
with two members of the faculty, two 
students and two more board members 
were three more alumnae who also 
serve on the board of directors: 
Nannette McBumey Crowdus '57, 
president of the Alumnae Association, 
Lyn DUlard Grones '45 and Anna Chao 
Pai '57. Mr. Brown announced the 
appointment on February 28, 1990. "In 
the end, in spite of a great deal of hard 
work on everyone's part, it was a great 
and fascinating opportunity in the world 
of education," said Mr. Brown this fall 
about the search. "The wonderful part of 
the whole exercise was the fine list of 
candidates against which we were able 
to measure the especially strong 
qualifications of Dr. Barbara Hill." 

With her primary goal the knitting 
together of the academic community. 
Dr. Hill did not jump into Sweet Briar 
with an agenda for change. The one 
personnel shift has been a new director 
of admissions, Nancy E. Church '77, 
appointed in August Other changes will 




An Academic and 
Administrative Perspective 

In 1 644 John Milton issued a small pamphlet 
entitled "Of Education," which contains a concise and 
provocative definition of the purpose of higher learning: 
I call therefore a complete and generous 
education that which fits a man to perform 
justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all the of- 
fices, both private and public, of peace and war. 

While much about education had changed since 
Milton wrote, especially about what is taught to 
whom, his definition is one that I find both congenial 
and timely. 

Milton states that education ought to outfit a 
person for whatever "offices" the circumstances of a 
life might afford. Such flexibilrty involves broad expo- 
sure to the varieties of human knowledge and to dif- 
ferent frameworks of thought. By training and 
temperament, I espouse the liberal arts and sciences 
as the best means to achieve that verbal and quan- 
titative analysis and expression which is the basis of 
such flexibility. 

Milton insists that education must have its end in 
action, with a balance achieved between the private 
and public spheres of one's life. In this regard, he sees 
neither study for its own sake nor study as a mere 
instrumentality sufficient as an educational outcome. 
In contemporary terms, this aim would embrace both 
the liberal arts and sciences and professional edu- 
cation, given an appropriate emphasis on the broad 
concerns of self-understanding, social and political 
awareness, and ethical insight. 

The quality of the actions of an educated person 
must not, therefore, be merely skillful; Milton would 
also insist that they be just and magnanimous. The 
first would require an education to address the time- 
less questions of value, and the latter would require 
a generosity of spirit imbued with a clear under- 
standing of the "otherness" of others and a respect 
for their persons. 

Clearly many curricular and co-curricular struc- 
tures can be designed to afford students such an 
education, and each institution of higher learning must 
design its an-angements in congruence with its own, 
deeply valued traditions. My administrative philoso- 
phy is based on the need to create ways for any col- 
legiate community to develop a clear sense of shared 
purpose and to use such a sense of mission as the 
basis for allocating resources. Thus, I value openness 
of discussion that leads to a sense of what is pos- 
sible given the talents and aspirations of both faculty 
and students. In such a community the expectation 
of teamwort< is both reasonable and pleasurable be- 
cause the conjoining of individual contributions gives 
the whole institution a value larger than any single self. 

—Barbara Ann Hill 



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come slowly. Dr. Hill began meeting 
right away with College committees to 
determine whether the operating 
methods in effect when she took office 
are the most functional. There will be 
certain changes in response to the 1988- 
89 visit by the accreditation committee 
of the Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools. That committee recom- 
mended a joint faculty-administration 
planning committee, for example, 
already formed, hi addition, the faculty 
has generated a new system for assess- 
ing how the College is meeting its stated 
goals, which have been reaffirmed in a 
mission statement within the past two 
years. 

eanwhile, as changes 
occur slowly on 
campus, Dr. Hill 
plans a gargantuan 
series of visits to Sweet 
Briar clubs nationwide. 
With Tidewater for 
openers, the plan is 18 
visits in as many months. Initial trips are 
set close to the College, because Dr. Hill 
wants to be available for students and 
faculty. 

There is no doubt that they feel her 
presence. Her energy, her verve and her 
ability to articulate complex ideas 
brought an electricity to the campus 
during the opening days of the fall term. 
A statement about liberal education, 
which she made available after being 
named president, was her first campus 
pronouncement 'The students pub- 
lished it in the Sweet Briar News, which 
flabbergasted me," she said. "I'd never 
thought of it as an editorial. It was a 
statement of the things I think are 
important." 

Dr. Hill's address to the incoming 
freshmen was equally popular. "I took as 
my departure point Walter Lippmann's 
essay. The Indispensable Opposition,' 
about the need to guarantee freedom of 
speech in a democracy, and I extrapo- 
lated from that to its necessity on an 
academic campus. I thought it was 
amazing that freshmen wanted copies of 
an essay that was over fifty years old. 

"My favorite phrase in the essay — 
and this has to be my vision of educa- 
tion — is 'the hospitality of an inquiring 
mind.' That phrase is really wonderful 



when you start tearing it apart The 
hospitable mind is one that invites ideas 
in, asks them to sit down, talks with 
them for a while, and makes them feel at 
home. Tliey may leave, but there's been 
an engagement. That has always struck 
me as an absolutely resonant phrase for 
what an educated person ought to 
have." 

Hospitality in the more fraditional 
sense is one of Dr. Hill's gifts. She has 
concluded long meetings with wine 
and cheese at Sweet Briar House. She 
counts cooking next to reading as a 
prime hobby. Modestiy, she suggests 
that the Sweet Briar food service gave 
her one of their hats as a tactful way of 
getting at her cookbook collection. She 
makes what she describes as a pretty 
decent pizza — "like most researchers, 1 
like to make things from scratch" — and 
looks forward to crowding guests 
around the table in the "wonderful 
kitchen" at Sweet Briar House. 

Having been a Danforth Foundation 
Associate has helped Dr. Hill feel at 
home in Virginia. In a recentiy discontin- 
ued program, the Danforth Foundation 
tapped couples, at least one of whom 
was a college teacher, to meet each year 
to discuss values in teaching. The Hills 
were among these lucky couples. 
Although no Sweet Briar faculty 
member was an Associate from 1980 to 
1985 with the Hills, a number of teach- 
ers from other Virginia colleges were 
included. "I met faculty members from 
Hampden-Sydney, Randolph-Macon and 
UVA people whom I've kept up with," 
Dr. Hill said, "so I feel as if I'm moving 
into a neighborhood where I have 
friends already. 

"The Daifforth program was one of 
the ways the national foundation made 
teachers feel valued," she continued. 
"One of the interesting tasks facing a 
president is to make faculty members at 
this kind of school feel valued. The 
external pressures — ^you're not at a 
research institution, you're not doing 
this or you're not doing that — make it 
difficult for people to feel that what they 
are doing is good. And it is good. 

"The task is to let the teachers know, 
'I have done what you've done. I didn't 
leave teaching because I thought it was 
the wrong thing to do, I left because I 



thought 1 could make a different kind of 
contribution, could also help that special 
place, the classroom.' K I ever lose sight 
of that, my husband, who is a faculty 
member, reminds me: thaf s the core." 

Dr. Hill looks back upon freshman 
composition as her favorite subject to 
teach, because of the difference the 
course can make to the individual 
student For subject matter, her favorite 
course is Shakespeare. literature of the 
English Renaissance and a course tided 
The Grotesque in English and American 
Literature come close behind, for both 
call upon the work done for her doctoral 
dissertation, "The Grotesque in the 
English Renaissance." 

Also helping her feel at home in 
Virginia is her current personal reading. 
Dr. Hill uses evenings for work, and also 
for "refreshing" reading, and her late 
summer choices were a book on 
Virginia's geology and another, Albion's 
Seed by David Hackett Fisher, that 
compares the movement of English 
folkways to different colonies — those 
franslated to New England, for example, 
with those to Virginia's cavalier culture. 
In early September she had just finished 
Paul Mayle'Si4 Year in Provence — 
"perfect writing, a wonderful sense of 
humor, makes one want to go out and 
eat voraciously. I read cookbooks like 
mystery stories, too, and a lot of history." 

John Hill joins his wdfe and daughter 
each weekend at Sweet Briar House. 
Katherine, poised beyond her eight 
years, started Amherst County Elemen- 
tary School right after Labor Day, and 
relishes being the first littie girl to live in 
Sweet Briar House since Daisy 
Williams. As the family embarked upon 
its Sweet Briar adventure. Dr. Barbara 
Hill could judge 1990 a banner year 
already. Dr. John M. Hill had been 
promoted from associate professor to 
professor at the United States Naval 
Academy, and his book, Chaucerian 
Belief: The Poetics of Reverence and 
Delight, was accepted by Yale University 
Press. She, of course, became the 
eighth president of Sweet Briar College. 
Her face glowed — another look that 
doesn't photograph — as she said, "I 
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I would like to share with you a few 
thoughts about the role that women's 
colleges are playing in preparing women 
for the 21st century. 

Last spring as the Mills board of 
trustees was deliberating on the future 
of the College, Mills was the focus of 
considerable media attention. 
Major coverage occurred in 
this country and abroad in 
leading newspapers, news 
magazines and syndicated 
columns. All the television 
news networks covered the 
Mills story, including CNN 
which is shown round the 
world. We knew that the Mills 
"story" was really big when the 
cartoonists began to feature 
Mills — some favorably and 
some critically. My favorite was 
"Riley's View" which was as 
much a spoof on fraternity life 
as a commentary on Mills. It 
ran as follows: Scene: porch of a 
frat house. Props: piles of six- 
packs of beer, most empty. Cast 
four fraternity brothers, one of 
whom is asking. "How do you 
spell 'Mills' ?" The only other 
one who has not passed out or 
who is not downing a beer 
replies, "I dunno, 'B-E-E-R'' " 
The caption reads, "Why the 
counter protest against the 
Mills students' sexist assertion 
that admitting men would lower aca- 
demic standards is slow in developing." 

During the most intense period of 
media coverage, I was walking with 
friends on a beach wearing a Mills T- 
shirt A man 1 had never seen before 
and who probably thought I was an 
alum (I certainly did not look presiden- 
tial at the moment) , called out in a 
friendly tone as he jogged by: "Are you 
for or against?" 

One has to ask: Why was there so 
much attention to a small college? Why 
did so many people, even those with no 
connection to Mills or to any other 
women's college, enter into the debate 
at cocktail parties, over dinner, at the 
office, in the checkout lines at the grocery? 

The women's college-coeducation 
debate had clearly struck a nerve. I 
believe that people responded strongly 



to the debate because most of us know 
that our society and the rest of the world 
have not yet dealt women an equal hand — 
that in spite of much progress in the last 
several decades, there are still major 
unresolved issues regarding equality of 
education, career advancement, pay 



REFLECTIONS ON 

WDMEN 

&THE21ST CENTURY 

EXCERPTS FROM THE 

INAUGURATION ADDRESS 
OCTOBER 7,1990 

BY MARY S.METZ 

PRESIDENT EMERITA MILLS COLLEGE 



equity, family life, health care, political 
power, leadership, etc. And increasingly, 
these problems are being called to our 
attention by men and women who would 
describe themselves as "moderates" or 
even "conservative." 

Just a few weeks ago, British Prime 
Minister Margaret Thatcher complained 
in a newspaper article that she is 
criticized for qualities that are admired 
in men. It is a dilemma experienced by 
most women who have taken up 
leadership roles. Margaret Thatcher 
described her experience in these 
words: 'TTie characteristics that they 
criticize you for — that you are strong- 
minded, that you make firm and tough 
decisions — ^are also characteristics 
which, if you were a man, they would 
praise you for. I think they have not yet 
fully come to terms with that" 



The "they" she is referring to is, of 
course, all of us — our society, our world 
which is still ambivalent and uncertain 
about the new roles that modem women 
are assuming. 

Furthermore, most people recognize 
that American women are carrying very 
heavy burdens. As opportuni- 
ties have expanded for them 
in the world of work, littie has 
been done to relieve them of 
primary responsibility for the 
home and children. In the 
current environment in 
which women are struggling 
to get ahead professionally 
and to manage the personal 
dimensions of their lives, 
women's colleges stand out 
in our society as places that 
care about women, under- 
stand their needs, speak out 
on their behalf, and give 
them room to be themselves. 
It was this affirming learning 
environment that Mills 
students and alumnae were 
determined to preserve. And 
they patientiy tried over and 
over again to explain to 
reporters that "it wasn't that 
they did not Uke men"; they 
just wanted to learn in the 
presence of women. 

Women's colleges were 
founded to educate women 
and to assimilate them into the intellec- 
tual traditions, culture and conventions 
of men. But something unexpected 
happened along the way. In her remark- 
able essay "A Room of One's Own," 
Virginia Woolf suggests that women go 
to college as much to be "uneducated" 
as to be "educated." TTiat is, to "unlearn" 
patterns of behavior and thought that 
have held them back throughout most 
of human history. At first women's 
colleges "uneducated" women by 
accident merely by opening their minds. 
But in time, women's colleges began to 
"uneducate" women in deliberate and 
conscious ways. And littie by littie, each 
in its own way, with advances and 
setbacks, women's colleges headed 
toward advocacy for women. Today, 
without exception as far as I know, 
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women to be their own persons, to 
speak with their own voices, and to 
pursue whatever path or role seems 
appropriate to the individual. And many 
go a step farther in consciously educat- 
ing women for leadership in all aspects 
of life and in all forums of society. 

As we enter the last decade of the 
20th century, it seems appropriate to 
consider: "What is on the world's 
agenda for the 21st century? What are 
the fundamental issues that humanity 
must address if the 21st century is to be 
a viable age?" To answer these ques- 



to be the world? Can we see the world 
as our community? When interviewed a 
couple of years ago for a book on Bay 
Area women artists written and pub- 
lished by Mills art faculty and students, 
Helene Aylon described her vision of a 
world without borders: "Look at the 
winds," she said. "TTie winds from 
Chernobyl did not stop blowing at the 
border of Russia." 

Can we overcome what a group of 
British authors in a recent book entitled 
America in Perspective forecast for our 
society? "That the dominant vision of 



Today... women's colleges seek to educate 
women to be their own persons, to speak with 
their own voices, and to pursue whatever path 
or role seems appropriate to the individual. 



tions, Rushworth M. Kidder interviewed 
22 leading thinkers three years ago for 
the Christian Science Monitor. There 
was concurrence that the 21st century 
had to confront sbc critical issues: 1. the 
threat of nuclear annihilation; 2. the 
danger of overpopulation; 3. the degrada- 
tion of the global environment; 4. the gap 
between developing and industrial 
nations and the desperation to which 
poor nations may be driven in the 
absence of hope for a better tomorrow; 
5. the need for a fundamental restructur- 
ing of education; and 6. the breakdown 
in public and private morality. 

Each of us might want to add to or 
modify this list, for there are other 
urgent issues — hunger and grinding 
poverty, homelessness, drug abuse, 
violence and crime, waste of human 
talent, continued discrimination and 
violations of human rights, and so on. 

Can we prepare ourselves and future 
generations to act on such a seemingly 
overwhelming agenda? To act for the 
common good and to expand our 
concept of the common goal so that it is 
no longer limited to those like us — ^to 
our "in" group (whatever that may be), 
to our society, to our nation? Can we 
enlarge our concept of the human good 



the next decade will most likely be one 
of strident individualism lacking in the 
idealism or moral conviction to do more 
than muddle through." 

Throughout our history, we Ameri- 
cans have struggled to find the right 
balance between individualism and 
community — between self-interest and 
the common good. Like the British 
authors just mentioned, sociologist 
Amitai Etzioni is concerned about our 
society, pointing out that "while deep- 
dyed individuality is an essential part of 
the American character, our nation has 
tilted dangerously far from a moral 
commitment to the community at large." 

Given this context and the agenda for 
the 21st century, it is imperative that 
colleges such as Sweet Briar help 
students develop not only the knowl- 
edge and the understanding but also the 
strength, the commitment, the courage 
to take on leadership roles that will 
serve the common good. Colleges can 
help free us from patterns of behavior 
and ways of thinking that shut us off 
from other people, other culture, other 
times; that stifle our creativity; and 
destroy the generosity of our spirit 
The Victorian novelist George Eliot 
described the parochialism that we are 



all bom into as "crabbed notions" and 
"received opinions" — attitudes and 
traditions that are passed along to us 
and that we passively accept but that 
hobble, even cripple us, as we try to 
move forward into a new era — an era in 
which we must confront problems of a 
scale and nature never before tackled by 
mankind. As Mexican novelist-diplomat 
Carlos Fuente reminds us: 'Today,...for 
the first time in history we have the 
consciousness that natiire can disappear 
along with us, and that realization 
shakes our very soul. The Greek 
playwright Sophocles, for all his fragic 
vision, could not imagine this but 
nowadays we can." 

We still have many "crabbed notions" 
in our society about how to raise male 
and female children and the roles we 
expect of men and women. It is still 
harder for a woman to lead — it's harder 
for her to be the leader and for others to 
accept her as the leader. Much of our 
ambivalence about women as leaders 
originates with the expectations we have 
for our children. There is still too much 
dichotomy in the way we socialize boys 
and girls. We persist in dividing the 
attributes of competing and caring along 
sex-lines instead of developing both of 
these qualities fully in both sexes. We 
teach our boys when they are quite 
small that they are expected to be sfrong, 
independent, and competitive and when 
they win we reward them. We encour- 
age young girls, on the other hand, to 
care about and for others and to put 
relationships first. As development 
psychologist Carol Gilligan in her book 
In a Different Voice and the authors of 
Women's Ways of Knowing point out, this 
socialization makes it more difficult for a 
woman as she matures to openly express 
dissent and to establish her own 
independence if in so doing she will 
jeopardize relationships that matter to 
her. Their research indicates "that girls 
and women have much more difficulty 
than boys and men asserting their 
authority or considering themselves as 
authorities; in expressing themselves in 
public so that others will listen; in gaining 
respect of others for their minds and 
their ideas; and in fully utilizing their 
capabilities and training in the world of 
work." 



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Women's colleges work at several 
levels to help women overcome this 
kind of negative socialization: by 
offering a curriculum that reflects 
women's contributions and experiences, 
by teaching women in ways that affirm 
them and develop their self-confidence 
and by giving them practice in 
speaking out and assuming 
leadership positions, and 
perhaps most important of all, 
since we all learn best by 
example, by offering them 
large numbers of role models 
of successful women to 
emulate — in the faculty, in the 
administration, and on the 
board of trustees. 

Women's colleges recognize 
that if women are to contribute 
to the leadership that our world 
needs, they must give up their 
reticence to take and defend 
points of view and to enter into 
public debate. 

At the same time, women's 
colleges seek to reaffirm 
women's traditional strengths 
of assuming responsibility for 
the welfare of others and of 
giving care, for they recognize 
these attributes as qualities 
that are becoming more 
important in leaders as nations 
become more interdependent 
and as problems become more 
global and complex in nature. 

As we think about the 
awesome agenda of the 21st 
century, it is clear that models 
of cooperation hold more promise than 
do models of competitiveness and that 
we need to learn new ways of relating, 
new ways of caring, and new values if 
we are to act as good citizens of the 
world. 

Contrary to the uninformed opinion 
held by some that women's colleges 
shelter their students from the realities 
of life and nurture them in such a way 
that they are unprepared for the 
competitive "real world," the record of 
women's colleges is clear — no other 
educational institution has produced as 
many leaders in as many different fields 
as women's colleges. Speaking at the 
Mills convocation this fall, Marilyn 



Schuster, associate dean of the faculty at 
Smith College, referred to women's 
colleges as "Olympic villages" where 
women trained rigorously for competi- 
tion of the highest order. 

Last year. Business Week listed the 50 
highest ranking women in corporate 




America. Thirty percent of them had 
received degrees from women's 
colleges at a time when women's college 
graduates numbered less than five 
percent of all college-educated women. 
Of the women in the U.S. Congress 
today, more than 40% attended women's 
colleges. Something special had to happen 
to them at the women's colleges they 
attended to result in this degree of 
overrepresentation in leadership positions. 
Women's colleges have led the way 
in being relentiessly thoughtful about 
educating and uneducating women. By 
tradition and philosophy, women's 
colleges are uniquely suited to empower 
women to make a difference. If women's 



colleges will continue to lead the way in 
educating women for leadership and if 
coeducational colleges and universities 
will follow suit, there will be not a few, 
but many women prepared not only to 
confront the agenda of the 21st century 
but to help reshape it — to work for a 
more inclusive and compas- 
sionate society, a healthier 
environment, and a more 
peaceful world. 

Dr. Metz earned the B.A. in 
French and English summa 
cum laudefrom Furman 
University (1958) and the 
Ph.D. in French magna cum 
laudefrom Louisiana State 
University (1966). She was 
assistant to the chancellor at 
Louisiana State University 
(1974-76), provost and dean of 
the faculty at Hood College 
(1976-81) and president of 
Mills College (1981-1990). 
Her many honors and awards 
include honorary doctorates in 
literature (Converse College 
1988), law (Chapman College 
1985) and humanities 
(Furman University 1984), 
election to Phi Beta Kappa and 
Phi Kappa Phi, and the 
Distinguished Alumni Award 
from Furman University 
(1977). She was an American 
Council on Education Fellow 
(1974-75), the recipient of the 
Standard Oil of Indiana 
Award for Excellence in 
Teaching (1971) and held a Fulbright 
Fellowship to France (1962-63). Exten- 
sive biographical listings include Who's 
Who of American Women, Who's Who 
in America, International Who's Who in 
Education, Who's Who of Women in 
Education, Dictionary of International 
Biography, World's Who's Who of 
Women and Outstanding Educators of 
America. She is married to architect F. 
Eugene Metz; the Metzes have one 
daughter. 



Dr. Matv S. Metz 



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BUILDERS, 
BENEFACTORS 
& VOLUNTEERS 

FOUNDERS' DAY ADDRESS, OCTOBER 5, 1990 



^^^^ ust one week ago today I was 
I participating in a procession at 
H Washington National Cathe- 
H dral as part of a service of 

■ festival evensong, one of the 
I events in the celebration of the 
H consecration of the Cathedral. 
H The procession of which I was 

■ a part, the people being hon- 
m ored on that occasion, were 

W builders, benefactors and vol- 
^^ unteers — and the service was 
being held in memory of those who had 
gone before and in thanksgiving for 
those still contributing. 

In like manner, here today, we gather 
to pay tribute to the builders, benefac- 
tors and volunteers of Sweet Briar 
College. And I submit that they, and we, 
are all founders to be honored on this 
Founders' Day. For while it is especially 
fitting and important to remember those 
who were a part of the very beginning of 
this place, it is also critical for us to 
know that every era, and indeed every 
year, represents a new beginning. It is 
important for us to realize that we are all 
founders. As founders — as builders, 
benefactors and volunteers — we not 
only can enjoy the honor that is ours to 
claim, but we also recognize the 
responsibilities that attach to our 
honored status as founders. 

Let us look for a moment at the 
responsibilities assumed by some of 
Sweet Briar's earliest founders — some 
of Sweet Briar's builders, benefactors 
and volunteers. It would, of course, be 
impossible to celebrate a Founders' Day 
in this place without thankful mention of 

BY DR. M. ELIZABETH TIDBALL 



Maria and Elijah Fletcher, who not only 
gave us Sweet Briar Plantation and its 
gardens and boxwood, but more 
importantiy, their daughter, Indiana 
Fletcher. Indiana and her husband, 
Henry Williams, became the owners of 
Sweet Briar Plantation and later the 
parents of one child, Maria, called 
Daisy. All was now in place for the 
founding of this College: Maria and 
Elijah Fletcher with their love of 
learning and special concerns for the 
education of their daughters; the 
plantation itself which was to remain in 
the family through the legacy to Indiana; 
the early death of Daisy and its shatter- 
ing effect on her parents; Henry Wil- 
liams' will with its wish that some of his 
estate might go to establish a school at 
Sweet Briar; and, finally, Indiana's 
benefaction of the majority of her estate 
for the building of a school for girls in 
memory of Daisy. 

But the founding most certainly did 
not end at the reading of Miss Indie's 
will. Over and over again, new founders 
joined the scene even as early members 
departed, so that with each time of new 
beginning it became obvious that 
builders, benefactors and volunteers 
were taking their places of responsibility 
and honor in the ever-unfolding wonder- 
ful history of Sweet Briar. 

I had the joy and privilege, and 
responsibility, of serving in such a 
founder capacity during the seven years 
I was a member of the board of over- 
seers. But Sweet Briar's influence on me 
began long before that time in 1978. My 
inheritance was first made known to me 
by the late Lulu Richardson, briefly a 
member of Sweet Briar's French 



department before becoming my 
French teacher at the Penn HaU School 
in Pennsylvania. Clearly I recall her 
enthusiasm for the College and for the 
Junior Year in France program. Later, 
when I was a student at ML Holyoke, I 
came to know, and sometimes study 
under the tutelage of, several former 
Sweet Briar faculty, among them Grace 
Bates, Dean Hosken, Drue Matthews 
and Ben Reid. All infused me with 
founder spirit. And I hope and trust that 
every single person here has had her 
life touched in similar ways by such as 
these founders of Sweet Briar. 

But I have not yet told you of the 
Sweet Briar founder who had by far the 
greatest influence on my life, and whose 
friendship led me to be numbered 
among Sweet Briar's founders. That 
person was Anne Gary Pannell, fifth 
president of the Coflege. The year was 
1969. The place was Cedar Crest 
College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on 
the occasion of an invitational confer- 
ence on women's colleges. The instiga- 
tor was Cedar Crest's new president, 
Pauline Tompkins, a Mount Holyoke 
graduate from the class of 1941. TTie 
stimulus for this path-breaking confer- 
ence was the decision on the part of 
many men's institutions and a few 
women's colleges to admit students of 
both sexes, and the prognostication that 
all women's colleges would shortly do 
the same and, indeed, that they should 
do so. 

Having been elected to the Mount 
Holyoke board of tinjstees in 1968, and 
at that time the youngest person ever so 
elected, I found myself squarely in the 
midst of these weighty discussions at 
Mount Holyoke. Being a scientist, and 
determined to behave responsibly in my 
new role, I sought out members of the 
Mount Holyoke faculty and administra- 
tion in order to learn the bases of their 
opinions either in favor of or opposed to 
admitting men. 1 enlisted my brother in 
my search for, as a graduate of 
Princeton, he had received aU the 
documents they circulated as they 
made the decision to admit women. But 
I was singularly unimpressed. I could 
find nothing — absolutely nothing — that 
even purported to support the premise 
that women's colleges were philosophi- 



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cally, psychologically, or pedagogically 
inferior places for the education of 
women. Nothing. Yet the wave was 
building toward a homogenization of the 
educational scene, and many women's 
colleges were beginning to wonder if or 
how they might survive economically. 
For unfortunately, philosophy frequently 
has had to give way to the bottom line, 
unless creativity comes along to enable 
its continuing as the first priority, as it 
must be. This simple fact was most 
recentiy demonstrated for all the world 
to see by the students at Mills, an 
encounter that managed to catch the 
national imagination. 

But on with my story. I recall return- 
ing home after one of my first trustee 
meetings at Mount Holyoke somewhat 
discouraged. Not only were people 
talking a lot about admitting men 
students, but Mount Holyoke was also 
looking for a new president, and all the 
finalists were men, suggesting to me 
that whoever was chosen could not fully 
understand the ethos of a women's 
college sufficientiy to insure its continu- 
ation as such. "Why doesn't someone do 
some research?" I moaned. And a littie 
voice inside my head responded, "You 
are a scientist Why don't you do 
something?" In the manner of all who 
have been called as prophets, from 
Moses onward, I demurred. "Who, me?" 
"Yes," the voice said, 'You." 

SSo I began my studies 
that you have probably all 
heard about many times — the 
first one showing that gradu- 
ates of women's colleges are 
two to three times more likely 
to be cited in Who's Who of 
American Women for their 
career accomplishments than 
are women graduates of 
coeducational institutions. 
When I began die work, I was 
determined to approach it in a truly 
scientific, that is, objective, fashion, 
which I did. But I harbored the hope 
that the women's colleges wouldn't look 
too bad. As a result, when I calculated 
my data and discovered the consider- 
able contributions of the women's 
collies, I assumed I had made a mis- 
take! Talk about women's self-confidence! 
I went back to the raw data and made 



alternative arrangements and calcula- 
tions, but the women's colleges persisted 
in their preermnent position as produc- 
ers of achieving women. 

It was at this moment in time that I 
attended a meeting of the Alumnae 
Association board of directors at Mount 
Holyoke and sought out a new member 
of that board, Pauline Tompkins of 
Cedar Crest. She, too, became excited 
about my findings, still rather embryo- 
nal at that time, and invited me to her 
forthcoming conference some two 
months later. Of course I accepted. If 
nothing else, this story should impress 
upon you some of the many ways in 
which networking really works! And so 
on to the Cedar Crest Conference on the 
Education of Women. 

The conference was truly a landmark 
event, not because some well-honed 
document on the benefits of women's 
colleges emerged, for it did not Rather, 
it pointed to the desirability if not 
necessity for those convinced of the 
value of women's colleges as an option 
for the education of women to find ways 
to articulate their value in an increas- 
ingly competitive marketplace, and to 
join in a variety of cooperative ventures 
to share strategies and programs and 
moral support with one another. Indeed, 
since that time in the summer of 1969, 
we have seen a number of collabora- 
tions such as the Women's College 
Coalition, the Southern Association of 
Colleges for Women, many regional 
meetings, and the forthcoming confer- 
ence on "Women's Colleges in the 90's 
and Beyond" to be held at Immaculata 
College next month — to name but a few. 

I would also submit one small but 
important numerical finding that surely 
owes itself in part to the new self- 
consciousness of women and women's 
colleges generated by the Cedar Crest 
conference two decades ago. Of the 20 
colleges represented there, 13 were led 
by men presidents and 7 by women. 
Today, 17 are still women's colleges 
even though 2/3 of women's colleges in 
1969 no longer exist as such. In spite of 
the considerable attrition among these 
institutions in the intervening years, and 
in spite of the rhetoric in opposition to 
women's colleges, 17 of the 20 have 
persisted. Even more impressive is the 




Dr. Tidball 

We are all a part of the 
continuing story of 
this place —students, 
faculty, alumnae, staff, 
administration, direc- 
tors, friends— all of us 

ARE FOUNDERS. AlL OF US 
SHARE IN THE JOY AND 
RESPONSIBILITY OF SEEING 
TO IT THAT THIS PLACE 
CONTINUES SERVING 
WOMEN WITH EXCELLENCE, 
EXPERFISE AND ENTHUSIASM. 



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fact that, among the 17 whose central 
mission continues to be the education of 
women, 16 are headed by women 
presidents! What a legacy! What a 
wonderful burgeoning of founders! 

It was at the Cedar Crest conference, 
where I presented my earliest findings, 
that I first met Anne Gary Pannell and 
saw her in action. Today we would say, 
"Awesome." For she was. As one of the 
seven women presidents, she was a key 
spokesperson on behalf of women's 
colleges; and as president of a college 
that had an illustrious history of women 
presidents, she was especially credible 
in her contributions. She spoke with 
audiority. I listened carefully to this 
voice of experience. 

Imagine how delighted I was to learn 
that she, and the delegates from 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College and 
Agnes Scott, had reservations on the 
same flight as I at the close of the 
conference. I also learned that they had 
a two-hour layover in Washington 
before continuing to Lynchburg and 
Atlanta. Quickly I called my husband in 
Washington and plotted an instant 
dinner party for sbc. He would thaw a 
casserole fi-om our freezer and make a 
molded fiuit salad while we flew from 
Allentown to Washington. We would 
come to our home for a buffet supper 
before returning the travelers to the 
airport for their flight south. Charlie 
agreed, and I proposed our invitation, 
which was gratefully accepted. 

And what a time we had! Anne 
Pannell was the only president in the 
group, and I can picture her to this day 
leading us in a lively discussion over 
casserole, Jello and ice cream, as she 
balanced plate and cup on her lap there 
in our Washington living room. A short 
time later a package arrived for us — 
books, of course — from Anne Pannell: 
The Letters of Elijah Fletcher and The 
Story of Sweet Briar College. Our 
fiiendship was sealed by this gracious 
act of sharing her college with me. And 
many years later, when I met her at 
another institution's graduation ceremo- 
nies, she told me she wished very much 
that I would become a more official part 
of Sweet Briar. I promised her I would 
do whatever she desired. Thus, in 1978 1 
was invited to join the board of over- 



seers upon her recommendation, and I 
accepted. She wanted me to be counted 
among the founders of her college, and I 
could not imagine a more generous or 
honorific gift Now, years later, when 
you have invited me to speak at 
Founders' Day — our Founders' Day — I 
am honored again. And you should 
know that as I began to think about 
what I would say to you today, I took 
down my copy of The Story of Sweet 
Briar College, opened it, and saw, affixed 
inside, the small white card engraved: 
Anne Gary Pannell - President, Sweet 
Briar College - Sweet Briar, VA 

She was my founder, and my hope is 
that through her legacy and that of the 
Fletchers and Williamses, and of all who 
have gone before and come after, we 
will come to understand that we are all 
founders. We are all a part of the 
continuing story of this place — students, 
faculty, alumnae, staff, administration, 
directors, fiiends — all of us are 
founders. All of us share in the joy and 
responsibility of seeing to it that this 
place continues serving women with 
excellence, expertise and enthusiasm. 

Before I bring these remarks to a 
close I would say a brief word about the 
alumnae of Sweet Briar, a very special 
contingent of founders. Sweet Briar 
could not possibly be what it is today 
without these dedicated women who 
serve in a myriad of capacities on behalf 
of the College — as builders, benefactors 
and volunteers. Be acutely aware that 
such concerted contributions by 
women — by alumnae, not alumni — are 
truly unique to women's colleges. And 
be aware that students, as alumnae 
trainees, add to the power that women 
have to influence the course of this 
College and, through this means, play 
an important role in the larger world of 
the higher education of women. We 
have already alluded to the women of 
Mills; to the list we could add the 
women of Wilson, as well as those of the 
innumerable women's colleges that 
today are strong and spiritually thriving 
institutions. And finally be aware that 
the alumnae of this College, in the 
loyalty and concern that only alumnae 
can manifest, are the key to the 
College's ability to fulfill the will of 
Indiana Fletcher Williams, that the 



College shall provide education for 
women "in sound learning, and in such 
physical, moral and religious training as 
shall...best fit them to be useful mem- 
bers of society." Tliat is what we are 
here to reaffirm today as we celebrate 
this Founders' Day 1990 on the thresh- 
old of yet another new beginning, a new 
era under the leadership of Barbara Ann 
Hill as the eighth president and newest 
founder of Sweet Briar College. 
Blessings and Godspeed! 



M. Elizabeth Tidball, professor of 
physiology at The George Washington 
University Medical Center in Washing- 
ton, D.C.,isa nationally recognized 
educator and author whose work encom- 
passes the fields of physiology, psychology 
and religion. A native of Indiana, she 
holds a bachelor's degree (1951) from 
Mount Holyoke College, the M.S. (1955) 
and Ph.D. (1959) from the University of 
Wisconsin-Madison and the M. T. S. , 
summa cum laude (1990), from Wesley 
Theological Seminary. Following a 
U.S.P.H.S. Postdoctoral Fellowship at the 
National Institutes of Health in Washing- 
ton, she joined the full-time faculty of 
George Washington in 1962 and was 
named first woman professor of physiology 
in 1970. She is a consulting editor of The 
Journal of Higher Education and a 
member of the editorial advisory board of 
Religion and Intellectual life. In 
addition to her service to Sweet Briar, she 
has been a member of the governing 
boards ofMt. Holyoke, Hood, Salem and 
Skidmore Colleges. Dr. Tidball has been 
widely honored for her contributions to 
science, to education and to women and 
is the recipient of honorary doctorate 
degrees in science, humane letters, 
humanities, letters and laws jrom 17 
American colleges and universities. 



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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



Founders' Day 
Presentation of the 
Outstanding Alumna 
Award 



"In the broadest sense, love was a 
founder of Sweet Briar College..." The 
fifth president of Sweet Briar, Anne 
Gary Pannell Taylor, spoke those words 
one Founders' Day and I have never 
forgotten them. As we come together 
today to honor the founders and those 
who have carried on the traditions of the 
founders, there is reason to remember 
that premise. Indiana Fletcher Williams 
founded a college for young women in 
memory of her daughter Daisy who 
died too soon, with unfulfilled hopes and 
imrealized potential. Her charge to the 
other founders has been carried out 
Sweet Briar College exists to carefully 
educate women to take their places in 
society with a sense of the responsibili- 
ties achievement brings. Miss Indie's 
love for her daughter, for scholarly pursuits 
and for her Sweet Briar plantation home 
still commands all of us — ^faculty, students, 
alimuiae — to maintain her dream. So, in 
addition to honoring those who began 
its fulfillment, today the Alumnae 
Association honors one of its own who 
has assured the continuation and 
sustenance of Miss Indie's dream. 

The Outstanding Alumna Award, first 
presented in 1968 to honor the Class of 
1910, is given to graduates who have 
been out of coUege for at least 15 years, 
in recognition of outstanding service to 
the College in a volunteer capacity. The 
volunteer service of 1990's outstanding 
alumna has been extraordinary in its 
variety, duration, magnitude and abiding 
devotion to Sweet Briar. 

Our alumna has held every office in 
her local Sweet Briar club, and has always 
been on call as a supporter and consultant 
She has served as president and as reunion 
gifts co-chairman for 35fh Reunion, and 
has been a challenge donor for her last 
two reunions. On the national scene, she 
chaired the finance committee of the board 
of tiie Alumnae Association for four years. 



Because of her acumen, executive 
abilities and interest in the College, she 
was asked to become a member of the 
College's board of overseers in 1980. In 
1984 she was elected to SB's board of 
directors and has served as secretary to 
its executive committee ever since, as 
well as chairing tiie admissions commit- 
tee until last spring. 

During the lengthy and vital strategic 



graduate, married for 42 years, have three 
children. One son holds a BA fi-om UVA 
and an MBA fi-om Emory. Another son is 
a W&L alumnus. Their daughter is a 
graduate of Dartmouth with an MBA 
fi-omUVA. 

Together our alumna and husband 
chair the Committee to Endow the 
Honors Program, seeking to raise $1.8 
million to expand the present Honors 




Nannette Crowdus pins corsage on Outstanding Alumna Peggy Martin 



planning process, she chaired the 
enrollment committee and was on the 
planning steering committee. She worked 
tirelessly to help raise over $15 million 
in the College's last major fund-raising 
effort, the Generations Campaign, which 
ended in 1985. She is a founding mem- 
ber of the Presidents Circle, a lifetime 
member of Boxwood Circle and an 
Indiana Fletcher Williams Associate. 

As a student she was a perennial 
member of the Dean's list served on 
the Advisory Council, was president of 
the Athletic Association and a member 
of Paint & Patches, Tau Phi, the Spanish 
club, the May Court and the staffs of the 
Sweet Briar News and Briar Patch. 
Obviously she was an enthusiastic 
participant and excelled at her studies, 
but she is the first to admit that she spent 
as much time as possible with a certain 
very attractive gentieman at UVA 

The UVA alumnus and the SBC 



EXCERPTS FROM REMARKS BY NAN 
President, Sweet Briar Alumnae A 



NETTE MCBURNEY CROWDUS '57 
ssociation 



program so that more of our talented, 
highly motivated students may study at 
the honors level. 

In addition to her work for SBC, our 
alumna has offered time and service to 
her community as chairman of the 
Botanical Garden and past president of 
the Hedmont Hospital Woman's Auxiliary. 
She has held executive positions at the 
renowned Atianta Speech School, the 
High Museum of Art and the Atianta 
Historical Society. She belongs to the 
Peachtree Garden Club, Garden Club of 
America, American Red Cross, Junior 
League and Colonial Dames of America. 

Today we recognize and honor one 
who exemplifies the dedication of our 
founders. An officer of the Atianta SB 
club noted, "You don't say no to that 
lady — she makes things happen — ^by 
example." Few have done as much for 
our College; few have been so constant 
in their love of Sweet Briar. With pride 
and admiration, I announce 1990's 
Outstanding Alumna: from the Class of 
1948, PEGGY SHEFFIELD MARTIN. 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



13 



Four Days 
in October 



Question: Where and 
when, except at a Sweet 
Briar Reunion, could you 
spend several days and 
nights so packed with 
high spirits, nonstop 
activity, and. . .yes. . . 
sentiment. . .that, when 
if s all over, you are left 
weak in the withers but 
nonetheless on a high? 

Answer Try four sun- 
splashed, fragrant 
October days on this 
campus, with a program 
that includes Alumnae 
Council, Founders' Day 
and the inauguration of a 
new member of the 
Sweet Briar family. "That 
was the week that was." 

Photos by Larry Peters unless otherwise noted 







^ t'^ 


3 




1. Students greet Barbara Hill at 
newly-refurbished Randolph 
dormitory's open house during 
"inauguration week." Randolph 
hosted an open house for 
students living on the left side of 
campus, Grammer played host 
for those on the right side. 



2. Founders' Day throng 
gathers for the sen/ice on 
Monument Hill following 
convocation in the chapel. The 
traditional walk up the hill was 
led by pipers and drummers, 
their rhythm a definite assist on 
the climb. 



3. Julia Sadler de Coligny '34 
and Barbara Hill share a 
moment at the Founders' Day 
campuswide picnic feast. 

4. Katherine Hill in party best at 
the Saturday night gala inaugu- 
ration dinner dance honoring her 
mother. 

5. David Baker, associate 
professor of English at Denison 
University, reads from his poem, 
"Good Faith," written for the 
inauguration. 



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6. Walter Brown, chairman of 
Sweet Briar's board of directors, 
presents Barbara Hill with the 
presidential medallion. 

7. Dr. Mary Metz tells the inaugu- 
ration crowd of her favorite cartoon 
which appeared during the 
worldwide publicity Mills College 
received on its struggle over 
"whether to fight or switch". 

8. Dr. Robert Spivey, president 
of the Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges and 
former president of Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, 
delivers congratulations and 
good wishes for the future. 



9. Keeley Sullivan '92 with her 
grandmother, Ellen Newell 
Bryan '26, on hand for the 
inauguration festivities. Ellen 
wouldn't have missed being 
here — she has l<nown every 
president of Sweet Briar except 
the first. Dr. Mary K. Benedict, 
who held the office form 1 906 
through 1916! Nor did Ellen 
miss anything while she was on 
campus: she stayed in Keeley's 
dorm room ("Much more fun 
than anywhere else") and 
participated enthusiastically in a 
middle-of-the-night fire drill. 
Remember the old senior 
stepsinging song that ended 
"When the fire bell rings at a 
quarter to three. . .I'll be back at 
SBC!"? Ellen made the words 
come true. Keeley's mother is 
Mary Lane Bryan Sullivan '58, 
and her aunt and cousin are 
Newell Bryan Tozzer '55 and 
Ellen Tozzer Smith '87. 



10. Seniors lay flowers on 
Daisy's grave. L-r: Allene 
Doucette, Karen Hott, Carlin 
McKenna, Kathryn Hagist. 

11. Inauguration recession: it's 
official — Sweet Briar has her 
eighth president. 




ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



15 



Opening Convocation Septem- 
ber 6, 1990, brought "double 
the pleasure, double the fun" 
and double the excitement as 
the Distinguished Alumna 
Award was presented to twin 
sisters, marking a notable 
occasion in Sweet Briar's history. 

TTiis award, established in the fall of 
1987, honors alumnae who have 
brought distinction to themselves and to 
Sweet Briar College through outstand- 
ing accomplishments in a volunteer or 
professional capacity. Recipients are 
selected by a committee consisting of 
alumnae, faculty and the president of the 
College. 

The fifth and sixth alumnae to be so 
honored were introduced to the Convo- 
cation audience by Dr. Susan Hepho, a 
professor from the department in which 
they majored. Excerpts fi-om Dr. 
Piepho's remarks and the honorees' 
responses follow. 

Susan Piepho, professor of chemistry: 

It is a great pleasure to present the 
Sweet Briar College Distinguished 
Alumna Award for 1990 to Dr. Virginia 
Upchurch Collier and Dr. Katherine 




L-n Joanne Rosinski, associate professor of biology, Robin Davies, assistant professor of biology (back to camera) Kath 



at Johns Hopkins, where she also did 
her internship and residency in internal 
medicine and held a fellowship in 
nephrology. After that. Ginger had a 
private practice in internal medicine and 



Distinguished Alumnae 



Upchurch Takvorian. Kathy and Ginger 
were senior chemistry majors the year I 
joined the Sweet Briar faculty. They are 
identical twins, and a major challenge of 
my first semester was learning to tell 
them apart! 

At Sweet Briar the twins were already 
into a high energy lifestyle which they 
have maintained ever since. Both were 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa in their junior 
year and graduated summa cum laude 
with highest honors in chemistry. In 
addition they played varsity tennis and 
basketball, sang in the choir, and were 
Sweet Tones and campus guides for the 
admissions office. Kathy was chairman 
of the Judicial Board. Ginger served as 
president of Tau Phi. 

After graduating fi-om Sweet Briar in 
1972, Ginger went on to medical school 



nephrology in Chestertown, Maryland 
for eight years. More recentiy she has 
combined consultative practice in 
nephrology with the teaching of clinical 
medicine and program direction at the 
Medical Center of Delaware and at 
Jefferson Medical College. 

Kathy completed her medical 
training at Duke Medical School, then 
did her internship and residency in 
internal medicine at the University of 
Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. 
This was followed by a fellowship in 
rheumatology at Massachusetts General 
Hospital in Boston. Currentiy Kathy is 
an assistant professor of medicine at the 
University of Massachusetts Medical 
School, and associate chief of 
rheumatology at Worcester Memorial 
Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. 



In addition to all this, both of them 
have made many contributions to their 
communities and to Sweet Briar 
College. They have been active in the 
Alumnae Association and have continu- 
ally served as mentors for Sweet Briar 
students. Ginger is a member of the 
board of the Alumnae Association. 
Kathy serves on Sweet Briar's board of 
directors. 

Both Kathy and Ginger are married 
to doctors, and both have three active 
children, of whom they are enthusiastic 
parents. Five of these children are girls: 
we hope to see Takvorians and Colliers 
at the College in the 21st century. 

Ginger Collier: 

In recent years I have had the good 
fortune of meeting a large number of 
Sweet Briar alumnae, women who are 
professionals or volunteers or, in some 
cases, women like myself who are both. 
I have been extremely impressed by their 
contributions to their professions, to 
society and to Sweet Briar. I am truly 
honored to have been chosen to receive 
the Distinguished Alumna Award for 1990. 

Since graduation, I also have had the 
good fortune of becoming a wife, a 
mother of three girls, and a physician, 
all equally demanding careers. At this 



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orian 72 and Ginger Collier 72 in Guion lab, October 1990 

juncture in my life, I feel that I have 
been successful at all three, although at 
times only with a great deal of juggling 
and compromise. Hopefully I will 
continue to be able to say this in the 
years to come. 

I owe my success at least in part to 
my four years at Sweet Briar. During 
that time I developed self-confidence 
and a feeling that my goals were 
attainable — that I could accomplish 
what I set out to do. More important, I 
acquired a broad liberal arts education. 
Although I was a chemistry major, some 
of my most memorable courses were in 
art history, music history, literature and 
economics. My education here has 
enabled me to communicate with a wide 
variety of patients and to be more 
interesting to my husband and my 
colleagues. It also has given me enough 
knowledge to keep one step ahead of 
my children, although I am sure that 
those days are numbered! 

A recent article in the New England 
Journal of Medicine* described Sir 
William Osier, the dominant physician 
of the late 19th-early 20th century, and 
one of the preeminent clinicians of 
modem times: 

"...Osier described medicine as an 
art, albeit one based on science... He 



knew that patients are unique individu- 
als and that often their illnesses develop 
fi-om the fabric of their lives. By adroit 
and good-natured questioning, he could 
skillfully perceive the person, as well as 
the disease... He could comfort and 
inspire patients and give them confi- 
dence in their ability to get well. 

"The word humanism is often used to 
describe Osier's practice... Medical 
humanism is largely an art of words and 
attitudes. Osier acquired his remark- 
able facility with words through wide 
reading in the classics of literature, and 
he enhanced it through extensive 
speaking and writing.. J\s a master of 
language, he could communicate his 
attitudes in a meaningful way to his 
patients. He understood how they felt, 
and he could share his own feelings. He 
could elicit tiiist and confidence." 

I, too, believe that the liberal arts 
education I acquired has enabled me to 
communicate more effectively with my 
patients, and with my family and friends. 
I hope to continue to broaden and 
strengthen my fund of knowledge, both 
in medical and nonmedical fields, so that 
at future times of introspection I will feel 
that I am coming closer to the examples 
set by the many distinguished Sweet 
Briar alumnae, faculty and administra- 
tors, and by Sir AVilliam Osier. 

Kathy Takvorian: 

Sweet Briar has produced many 
distinguished alumnae who continue to 
serve well their families, their profes- 
sions, their communities and their 
college. Most are not recognized in a 
fashion such as this, and so I truly feel 
that I am accepting this award as a 
representative and on behalf of these 
outstanding women, for whom I speak. 
Although our particular contributions 
are often in different arenas, one of the 
factors in our successes has been the 
self-confidence we gained as we grew, 
both emotionally and intellectually, in 
tiie nurturing environment of Sweet 
Briar. The words of poets, authors and 
social scientists, the canvases of artists 
and notes of musicians to whom we 
were introduced at Sweet Briar have 
enabled us to view our world with more 
sensitivity and humor than if we had 
simply been trained to be professionals. 



Our liberal education has helped us be 
circumspect as life has taught us how 
difficuk it is to "do it all," but it has 
provided us with the courage, commit- 
ment and energy to try, nonetheless! 

You, the students at Sweet Briar, will 
all too soon become alumnae. Though 
you may never stand behind this 
podium at an Opening Convocation to 
accept an honor such as this, you will 
certainly be as distinguished an alumna 
as I, if you successfully apply the tools 
provided you by your liberal education 
here to the daily challenges presented 
by careers (professional or volunteer) 
and, if you choose, by family life and 
parenting. I look forward to witnessing 
your accomplishments and to sharing 
this award with you. 

Thank you. Sweet Briar. 



* Wheeler, H. Brownell. Shattuck lecture-healiiig 
and heroism. New England Journal of Medicine 
1990; 322:1540-8. 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



17 



IN THE SPOTLIGHT 



Mary Frances McCarthy: 
Seeing What Develops 

By Melinda Brown Everett '68 

Neither development nor Sweet 
Briar are strangers to Mary 
Frances McCarthy who, since 
March 1990, has been Sweet Briar's 
director of development She has had 
virtually a lifelong acquaintance with 
both. 

"I grew up in AsheviUe, North 
Carolina and many of my mother's friends 
and contemporaries went to Sweet Briar, 
so I heard about the College for years," 
she says. 

Her interest and expertise in develop- 
ment, special events and public rela- 
tions, particularly in the nonprofit sector, 
started early, too. 
She has assisted 
groups ranging 
from museums to 
day care centers for 
the frail elderly and 
has organized 
dozens of special — 
and unusual — 
events, including 
the First Danish 
Cheese Festival to 
benefit the Muncie 
Children's Museum. 

Prior to coming "^tv Fran McCarthy 

to Sweet Briar, Mary Fran was dfrector 
of major gift clubs and donor relations at 
Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. 
Other positions include stints as coordi- 
nator of alumni and development at Ball 
State, associate editor of the Mid- 
American Journal o/Bttsiness, editorial 
research assistant for Kiplinger Wash- 
ington Editors, and systems engineer at 
IBM, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Mary Fran holds an MA in public 
relations from Ball State University, a 
B A in economics from Trinity College, 
Washington, D.C. and a certficate in 
business administration from Harvard- 
Radcliffe, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
Her academic interests evidentiy run in 




the family: her son is attending 
Harvard Business School and 
her daughter is pursuing a 
banking internship in Sweden. 
"Sweet Briar has very loyal 
alumnae," she notes. "They 
have been touched and 
changed for the better by their 
times here and they feel that it 
is very important to conhibute 
to the College and to maintain 
it as a premier women's 
institution. 

"Sweet Briar has a special Debbie Shrader 

nurturing environment — one that is 
valid for today and tomorrow." 

That is not to say, of course, that the 
field of development is without its 
problems. "Many foundations and 
corporate givers are espousing social 
and environmental causes," 
Mary Fran says. 'They are 
giving to the hungry and the 
homeless, and thaf s good. 
What we have to do, though, is 
to show them relevant pro- 
grams that will help students in 
meaningful ways." 

Mary Fran is clearly 
enjoying her responsibilities at 
Sweet Briar and, with husband 
Daniel, is settling into campus 
life. 

She looks forward to raising 
funds for improvements to tiie 
Guion science building, the new honors 
program and other new projects. In her 
field, it is always interesting to see what 
develops. 




Deborah Snead Shrader 78 
Assumes Duties as Assistant to 
Sweet Briar's New President 

Debbie Shrader, well known to 
countiess alumnae, parents and 
finends of the College through her 
devoted work as a member of Sweet 
Briar's development staff since 1980, 
was named assistant to the president in 
September 1990. First joining the College 



staff as a research 
associate for devel- 
opment, a position 
created in 1980 at 
the beginning of the 
Generations Cam- 
paign, she became 
assistant director of 
the annual fund and 
began to work 
extensively with 
alumnae and parent 
volunteers in 1984. 
In 1987 she moved 
to assistant director of development/ 
director of the annual fund, a post she 
held until tapped to be assistant to the 
vice president for college relations in 
January of 1989. July 1, 1989 she 
became director of the campaign office, 
with primary responsibilities to work 
with the vice president for college 
relations on all aspects of the upcoming 
five-year capital campaign and to 
manage the College's planned giving 
program. A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum 
laude graduate in the Class of 1978, 
Debbie was a government/ sociology 
major, a Sweet Briar Scholar and a 
member of Tau Phi. Debbie's sister is 
Sherrie Snead McLeRoy '74. 



1990's Excellence in Teaching 
Award Goes to Aileen Laing 



p 



rofessor Aileen Laing, recipient of 
Sweet Briar's 1990 Excellence in 
Teaching Award, was honored at 
Opening Convocation, for which she 
was the speaker. Her address, 'The Real 
Daisy Chain," is slated for a future issue 
of the magazine. 

Established by the student govern- 
ment association in 1985 and deter- 
mined by student members of the 
academic affairs committee, the award is 
conferred annually to encourage and 
recognize outstanding teachers. 

Dr. Laing, professor of art history, 
specializes in decorative arts and has 



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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



IN THE SPOTLIGHT 



been teaching at the College since 1971. 
She received her B A from George 
Washington University and the doctor- 
ate from Johns Hopkins University. She 
has also studied at the Centre for the 
Fine and Decorative Arts in London, and 
at the Attingham Summer School on 
Country Houses. At SBC she teaches 
courses in medieval and renaissance art 
and in American and English architec- 
ture and the decorative arts. Her 
research interests include English 




Aileen Laing '57 

Gothic manuscript illumination, espe- 
cially Anglo-Norman Apocalypses. She 
was hostess and guest lecturer for last 
October's Alumnae Association- 
sponsored cruise to the Greek Isles. 



Nancy E. Church 
Replaces Alice Love 
as Admissions Head 

Nancy Church graduated from 
Sweet Briar in 1977 and has 
worked in the admissions office 
since that time. She was an admissions 
counselor from 1977 to 1979, assistant 
director, 1979-1981 and associate 
director, 1981-1988. During tiie last she 
months of 1985, she served as acting 
director. In 1988 she was appointed 
director, reporting to the executive 
director of admissions and financial aid, 
Alice Love. With Ms. Love's resignation 
August 31, 1990, Nancy assumed 




Nancy Church 77 



leadership of the 
admissions program. 

She is active in the 
National Association of 
College Admissions 
Counselors (NACAC) 
and serves as an elected 
delegate for the 
Potomac and Chesa- 
peake region. Since 
1985 she has been a 
faculty member of the 
Admissions Middle 
Management Institute 
of NACAC and of die 
Discovery College Counseling Seminar, 
a coUege counseling week for high 
school seniors usually held at the 
College of William and Mary. 

She also serves the Educational 
Testing Service (ETS) as an invited 
application reader for the Sponsored 
Scholarship Program which administers 
scholarships funded by corporations 
throughout the U.S. Nancy's sister, lisa 
Church, graduated in 1982. 



Elizabeth Thornton Visits as 
Alumna Resident in 1990 

Elizabeth Schneider Thornton '80 
spent two days on campus in 
October talking with students about her 
experiences as manager of NBC's 
Network News graphics. She is the fifth 



alumna to participate in a 
special program estab- 
lished in 1985 to bring 
successful young alumnae 
in nontraditional fields of 
endeavor back to campus. 
In addition to lunch and 
supper discussions with 
interested students, 
Elizabeth met with two of 
Professor Loren Oliver's 
studio art classes and 
delivered an evening 
presentation, "Careers in 
the Television Industry," 
which was open to the public. 



Garden Club of America 
President Speaks in Roanol^e 





Elizabeth Thornton '80 



Wetlands program participants: l-r, Edie Page Gill 
Breakell '45, president, Mill Mountain Garden Club; 
Sadie Gwin Allen Blacl<bum '45, president, Garden 
Club of America. 



Thursday, November 8, 1990, the 
Mill Mountain Garden Club of 
Roanoke held an open meeting at 
Roanoke's Hopkins Planetarium. The 
topic was "Our Vanishing Wetiands" 
and the featured speaker was SBC 
alumna and president of the Garden 
Club of America, Sadie Gwin Allen 
Blackburn '45, of Houston, Texas (See 
fall '89 alumnae magazine). Her presen- 
tation concerned the conditions of 
America's wetlands and addressed the 
role played by the Garden Club of 
America in wetiand protection and 
management 



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AT THE BERLIN WALL, 1989 



J^^^ here is something indescrib- 
L-^^ ably exhilarating when a people 
^^r gains freedom, but to feel a part 
"^^P^ of it was something more. Our 
original plans for a trip over the 1989 
Christmas holidays had not included 
Berlin, but as events escalated in that 
part of the world, our children began to 
ask one by one if they could veer off 
from the family to spend a few days 
there. It became apparent that we were 
all pulled in that direction, and we went 
simply because we could not not go. 
Nonetheless, when my three children 
and I flew out of Kennedy December 
20th (my husband followed next day), 
we did not know when the Brandenburg 
Gate was to open, though all indications 
were that it would be soon. By the time 
our flight landed at Berlin's Tegel 
Airport the word was out — the gate 
would open next day at 3:00 p.m. We 
were euphoric. That evening after 
settling into our rooms at the Palace 
Hotel in the Europa Center, adjacent to 
the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, 
we walked the streets to get a feel of the 
city. It was quiet — surprisingly so — cold 
and clear and beautifully lighted for 
Christmas. 

My husband arrived at 1:00 p.m. the 
next day; soon afterward we left the 
hotel for the celebration at the wall. The 
five of us — son Douglas was 25, daugh- 
ter Cameron 23, son Christopher 19 — 
began walking east as we progressed 
along tiie Budapesterstrasse we began 
to notice others walking in the same 
direction — a couple here, a small group 
there, all walking in silence toward the 
wall. Along the Strasse des 17 Juni the 
few became many — hundreds joined the 
mecca. The crowd was remarkably 
orderly and solemn, and we were 
amazed to find ourselves able to get 



closer and closer to the wall. It was in 
view now, some two miles from our 
hotel. As we approached it, we took in 
the spectacle — a young bride and 
groom in fuU wedding dress rushing to 
be married at the site, the trees filled 
with young people wanting the best 
view, and a huge crane parked near the 
wall, two young men hanging in midair 
in its cage high above the crowd. All of 
us were almost oblivious to the fact that 
it was raining, a steady drizzle that 
continued all day. 

/^\^ n aspect of this entire scene 
^ ■ I that amazed us, as Americans, 
^M ^^^ ^^ near-absence of 
^▼^ commercialism and press. One 
gentieman, far from the actual wall, sold 
commemorative stamps and first day 
covers, but there were no food stands, 
no trinkets, no sales for profit. The only 
sign of opportunism, regrettably, was 
the bright yellow van of an American 



cigarette company expelling a dozen 
representatives in gold jumpsuits who 
worked their way through the crowd on 
both sides of the wall, passing out their 
samples. It was disheartening to all, and 
especially so to us — the only presence 
of its kind and blatantiy inappropriate. 

Ctherwise the only vehicles 
parked along the wide tree- 
lined Unter den Linden 
Boulevard were polizei and 
emergency vans. The boulevard was 
cordoned off for the ceremony, and we 
took a spot as close to the barricades as 
we could, having already chosen the 
enormous single evergreen in mid- 
boulevard as a meeting place if we 
became separated in the crowd. People 
were conversing quietiy now, the mood 
highly anticipatory. We saw young and 
old here; by young I mean late teens and 
older — there were almost no children. 
We noted that this crowd had few 




BY JUDITH SORLEY CHALMERS '59 The Chalmers family on the wall: l-r. Dr. Douglas Chalmers (waving); Douglas Jr.; Cameron; Judith; Christopher. 

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"foreigners" — our spoken English turned 
heads immediately. No question about 
it this was a German experience. Though 
truly it was a human experience, a day 
full of awe and overwhelming disbelief. 

The ceremony itself was brief, at least 
for those of us on the west side of the 
wall. A band began to play, we could 
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Christopher climbs over the wall December 22, 19S3. 

passed down the Unter den linden in 
front of us and on into West Berlin, 
having come through the stately arches 
of the Brandenburg Tor. But that was all 
that could be seen or heard on the west 
side. Then it happened — ^first one man 
stepped through the barricade into the 
boulevard — then another, and we 
followed in rapid pursuit Stunned that 
we were among the first to reach the 
wall, several hundred yards away, we 
each experienced our own private 
emotions as we confronted the 
unobstructed ten-foot-high, graffiti- 
riddled mass of cement I could remem- 
ber when it was bmlt in 1961, before my 
children were bom, before most of the 
young men standing atop the wall at that 
moment were bom. 

And 111 never forget that group. They 
were yoimg, East Berliners, almost 



entirely male and there were hundreds 
of them. But it was an orderly assem- 
blage — no pushing, no shoving, no 
danger of being crowded off the edge. 
They had come early to claim their 
territory and they stood silendy, 
reverently even, looking down at the 
masses of people descending upon the 
west side base. My eye met the gaze of 
one particular young man and we formed 
an alliance — a tacit awareness of each 
other's awe at being there. At each 
moving event franspiring during the 
next hour or so, our eyes inevitably met 
We shared the best of that day, yet we 
never exchanged a word. We exchanged 
waves — ^his a sort of open salute, arm 
extended high — a proclamation really. I 
blew him a kiss. We photographed him 
with his friends from below, he beck- 
oned for our camera wordlessly and 
photographed us from the wall. He was 
tall and slender, with dark hafr and fafr 
skin. He wore a black jacket and tan 
pants and stood with his hands in his 
pockets, his weight on one foot He was 
beautiful, and he wore an expression I 
shall never forget He was free. 

The next hour or two were spent at 
this site simply taking in the aura of it 
all. Some had brought champagne and 
shared it openly. Virtually no one was 
dmnk; virtually everyone was intoxi- 
cated. Cameron took out her German- 
English dictionary to attempt to 
franslate the banners being held high on 
the wall. As we stmggled with the words 
a young man said to her, in perfect 
English, "Perhaps I can help you." He 
told us what each banner said — "Sind 
Wir Nicht ALLE Eine Famifie" and 
"Kein geld! Erst freie wahl! Sonst bluht 
die SED nochmal." Another, entitled 
"Hymne" was the second verse of thefr 
national anthem. The first verse, he 
explained, could not be used because it 
made reference to geographic bound- 
aries vidthin Germany that encompassed 
both east and west — much like our 
"from sea to shining sea." 
^^^ is name was Jens. He was 
^^^^ blond, and he was alone, 
^B ^ having come with his parents 
^-^^^ but separated from them. He 

VZy had come over the wall to 
walk among the people on the west side, 
stopping when he heard our English. 



He wanted to share the moment with us, 
wanted us to understand every flag and 
poster. He was an East German soldier, 
19 years old, in civilian clothes, in the 
west for the first time in his life in 
freedom, and he simply could not 
believe it He wanted us to know that 
what we were seeing had been beyond 
his wildest dreams. He wanted to know 
what had brought us there, and if we in 
America were as stunned as they to see 
it happening. Had anyone seen it 
coming? Did we see the young men on 
the wall waving the real German flag 
with its three broad stripes of black, red 
and gold? Some held former East 
German flags, the center communist 
symbol cut out to leave the virgin flag 
once again. Jens was spellbound. We felt 
the privilege of seeing the day through 
his eyes, of trying to imagine what he 
must be feeling. Nationality, sex and age 
differences evaporated. And since words 
were inadequate, they were abandoned; 
people shared the magic in silence until 
the sound of a single tmmpet wailed out 
from the top of the wall. The young 
tmmpeter, m jeans and dark sweater, 
began Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from 
the Ninth Symphony, a veritable 
national anthem for the German people. 
The crowd sang out the words. People 
swayed, clasped hands and embraced 
strangers, and wept And as they sang 
we wept for the privilege of witnessing 
this birth of a people, for being part of 
the moment and for being there 
together as a family. 

Cur trip away from home for 
the first time ever at Christ 
mas had evolved from a desire 
for a change from the Christ- 
mases of the past when our children 
were children and my mother, an 
integral part of the family, had been with 
us. She had passed away in the last year, 
and we all voted to spend our holidays in 
a different mood and place, to move on 
with the changes in our lives and focus 
on the future, while not forgetting the 
past We had come to the right place. 
The tmmpet began again with the 
wrenching melody of "Amazing Grace." 
So American it was to us, so personal, 
yet so obviously universal in appeal. 
This time it was we who sang, ever so 
sofdy. Last of aU the lone trumpeter 



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played the familiar strains of "We Shall 
Overcome" and everyone at that wall 
that day believed it to be so. 

A short time later there was excite- 
ment in the crowd, immediately ex- 
plained by chants of "Helmut! Helmut!" 
hideed it was Helmut Kohl making his 
way through the opening in the wall to 
walk along the west side. Surrounded by 
polizei, only the top of his head was 
visible, but he passed a few feet in front 
of us and the crowd was wild. At this 
point Jens asked if we would like to go 
through to the east side, and we walked 
together in the rain to the opening. His 
reaction to the sight there was thrilling 
for us — it was inconceivable to him that 
east and west guards were actually 
conversing with each other. (To this day 
we wonder what words they spoke in 
their first exchanges!) Jens showed us 
how to tell them apart by the difference 
in their hats, and we spoke briefly to 
them as we were allowed to pass 
through to the east without presenting 
identification, the requirement having 
been waived until midnight The first 
sight of the wall from the east was 
sobering, for the bright yellow 
unmarred facade reminded one viscer- 
ally of its function. Very few words had 
been scrolled on that surface in those 
early hours, but one foot-high message 
written with enormous bars of chocolate 
read "Joyeux Noel." 
M'^i^ Idest son Douglas had 
fl w) dreamed of standing on this 
M \^ wall: nothing was going to 
^L_^ stop him now. Propped 
against it were several metal and wire 
barricades, brought to the site as 
makeshift ladders. They were irresist- 
ible and Douglas soon made his way to 
the top of one. But the frames were only 
about six feet high, so it was imperative 
that someone already atop the wall 
reach down to pull the next person up 
the approximately four feet from the top 
of the framework to the level of the wall. 
Dozens of hands were waiting for 
anyone who ventured up, as they waited 
for those who jumped down to the west 
side — thus a continual flow throughout 
the day. The polizei stood at the base of 
the western side, also, to make sure that 
no one was injured while jumping down 
from the wall, the major danger being a 



double row of 4" steel spikes at the top 
on the west side, requiring each person 
to jump out from the top before down 
into someone's arms. Later in the 
evening the polizei brought several 
ladders to assist those, including the five 
of us, coming down off the slippery 
surface in the dark. (We were drenched, 
we discovered later, but we had com- 
pletely abandoned our senses. Only at 
8:00 p.m. — six hours after arriving at the 
waU — did we realize that we had not 
eaten the entire day.) 
^^^ econd son Christopher 
[^^^\ followed Douglas up the wall, 
\^^^^ the rest of us on his heels. We 
^^^ stood gazing in both directions 
at the people as far as the eye could 
see — to the west down the boulevard — 
the huge Christmas tree, of Rockefeller 
Center dimension, now ablaze with 
white lights — and to the east surround- 
ing the Brandenburg Tor just 100 yards 
away, lighted brightiy as well. The wall 
was approximately 10 feet thick; we 
stood abreast and alternated taking 
photographs with the only other 
American family we met that day — that 
of a U.S. Army Colonel who was 
stationed nearby. 

Of course one of the goals on this 
pilgrimage was to chop out a few pieces 
of the wall. A hammer and chisel were 
of littie use. Finally several young men 
brought up long right-angled pieces of 
steel from the barricade frames and 
used these like sledge hammers. 
Douglas inherited one after a while, but 
each time he chopped out a few pieces 
they flew in every direction and were 
quickly confiscated by the crowd. 
However we did come home with a few 
souvenirs. One special freasure, if that 
word can be used, has a flat bright 
yellow surface, a flat putty-colored 
surface (the top of the wall) and a rough 
surface that looks like nougat candy, 
with smaU square chunks of pink and 
green stone mixed in. All the chunks have 
this candy appearance — an outrageous 
mockery, even in one's hand. 

As mid-evening came, the crowd 
began to disperse. We invited our new 
fiiend, Jens, to join us for dinner. Moved 
by the very possibility of such a choice, 
he was finally able to respond, "It would 
be my privilege to join you." And so the 



sbc of us spent hours in the comer of a 
cozy restaurant, learning about each 
other's worlds. Jens had had far better 
schooling than the average East 
German soldier, was very proficient in 
English and infinitely curious about "the 
West" He stayed with us until 1:00 am., 
at which time we all collapsed and he 
went back through the wall to his home 
and parents. The next night he re- 
turned — ^we found him writing a thank- 
you letter to us in the lobby at 2:00 a.m. 
He just could not refrain from walking 
back and forth from east to west, so he 
and Cameron, now friends for life, went 
out for a drink, though Jens took only 
coffee, explaining that he dared not have 
alcohol on his breath when he passed 
back through the wall or he would be 
thrown in jail. Over coffee the two 
discussed democracy, a privilege Jens 
had never experienced outside his 
home. TTie topic was far too risky in his 
barracks, and he had never met anyone 
who lived in a democratic society. Once 
more in the middle of the night Jens 
said farewell. His dream — his second 
dream, I should say — is to come to this 
country. We feel sure that it will be 
soon. 

Cur second day in Berlin was 
nearly as thrilling as the first 
We were met in the morning 
by a friend, a native-bom 
Berliner married to an American foreign 
service officer stationed in the East 
Berlin Embassy. We were given the 
royal tour of the east it was like step- 
ping into another world. We had lunch 
in a lovely hotel, but were dumbfounded 
en route by the sight of a baby carriage, 
sleeping infant inside, parked on a 
sidewalk on a particularly deserted 
block. As we continued on our way, 
Cameron became very uneasy and 
asked our friend how an infant could be 
left unattended on the sfreet She was 
told that the baby was perfectiy safe — it 
was not an uncommon sight We walked 
on, though the baby remained in our 
minds throughout luncheon, and we 
contemplated the complexity of the 
changes that were about to take place in 
this country. 

After a full day in East Berlin and a 
visit to Checkpoint Charlie, we returned 
continued on page 25 



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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



TheAAR 
Program Of 
The Nineties: 
Making A 
Difference 



Lynne Detmer '68, 
national chairman of AARs 



The Alumnae Admission Representa- 
tive Program at Sweet Briar College 
encourages and 
coordinates alumnae 
efforts to assist the 
admissions office in 
identifying and attract- 
ing qualified students to 
the College. Jointly 
administered by the 
Aliminae Association, 
the admissions office 
and the alumnae office, 
the AAR Program 
involves any activity 
which has as its goal the 
enhancement of Sweet 
Briar's reputation as a 
superior academic 
institution. Alumnae 
volunteers work toward 
this goal with prospective students, 
parents, high school guidance counsel- 
ors and administrators and the media. 

The College's alumnae are proof that 
Sweet Briar's mission continues to be 
realized. By taking every opportunity to 
declare their affiliation with the College, 
aliminae help make Sweet Briar a highly 
visible and desirable college option for 
academically able young women. 

All alumnae who wish to take an 
active role in building strong enroll- 
ments at Sweet Briar can find a variety 
of activities and participation levels in 
the program. Each alumna can choose 
as many or as few of these opportunities 

BY LYNNE GARDNER DETMER '68 




Diana Davidson, 

AAR and club coordinator 



as she feels will fit into 

her schedule. The AAR 

"menu" includes student 

referral, provision of 

accommodations for 

traveling admission staff 

members, adoption of a 

high school, personal 

contacts and/or 

interviews with stu- 
dents, recommenda- 
tions of alumnae who 

might help with the 

admissions effort, 

supervision of club AAR 

programs, college fair 

attendance, hosting of 

prospective/accepted 

student receptions and hosting of 

guidance counselor events. 

The AAR manual, 
sent to each volunteer, 
provides useful infor- 
mation on programs, 
facilities, policies and 
procedures which may 
have changed since 
some of us graduated. 
Drawing on others' 
expertise and experi- 
ence, the manual gives 
guidelines for each 
"menu" option. Sample 
forms and letters, and 
answers to fi"equenfly- 
asked questions are 
included to facilitate the 
fulfillment of each task. 
As legal agents of the 

College, Alumnae Admissions Repre- 
sentatives must accu- 
rately represent Sweet 

Briar's policies and 

procedures to prospective 

students and their parents. 

They should be familiar 

with the information in 

the manual and the Sweet 

Briar catalog. AARs must 

neither imply that they 

have an influence in the 

actual selection of can- 
didates, nor communicate 

an admissions decision 

directiy to a candidate. 
The annual student 

recruitment schedule 





Nancy Church 77, 
director of admissions 



follows a general 
pattern: during the fall, 
AARs focus on 
contacting students 
from a list of top 
prospects sent to them 
in September. Only 
serious inquiries are 
sent For example, a 
student who has 
visited the campus, 
had an interview or 
has corresponded with 
the admissions office 
more than twice might 
be considered a 
serious inquiry. 
Besides making 
telephone calls and writing personal 
notes, alumnae help acquaint students 
with Sweet Briar by hosting receptions, 
visiting high schools and attending 
college fairs. In the winter, alumnae 
continue these activities with an 
updated student prospect list, mindful 
of the February 15 application deadline. 
In the spring, AARs acknowledge 
applications and congratulate accepted 
students. Simimer is the time to plan 
a get-togefher for new and returning 
students in the area, and for AARs to 
renew their commitment to the 
program. 

Diana Davidson, the AAR and club 
coordinator in the alumnae office, works 
closely with AARs. Any/all questions 
will be answered by Diana or Nancy 
Church, director of admissions or LjTine 
Detmer, national chairman of AARs. 
TJiis is a team effort. 

AARs make a 
tremendous differ- 
ence in the success of 
admissions recruit- 
ment Studies show 
that a student is twice 
as likely to apply to 
SBC if there has been 
an alumna contact 
Each AAR therefore 
makes a critical 
contribution to Sweet 
Briar's future. 

Sign up to help 
now (form on follow- 
ing page). Make a 
difference! 



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AAR PARTICIPATION FORM 



Please use this form to choose the ways in which you would like to assist Sweet Briar's Alumnae 
Admissions Representative (AAR) Program. 



Please give us your name in preferred mailing address form: 
Full name 



Class Year- 



Preferred first name ■ 
Address 



Maiden name- 



City- 



State- 



Phone (home) - 
Occupation — 



Phone (work) 



Zip- 



I am interested in helping the AAR program in the following ways: 
D Referring students to the admissions office 
D Providing accommodations for traveling staff members 
Making personal contacts with prospective students and parents: 



n 1 -5 students 

Interviewing students: 
D 1 -5 per year 



D 6-10 students 
n 6 or more per year 



D 1 1 or more 



Hosting a reception: 

D prospective students and parents 

n incoming and current students 

D Organizing an event for guidance counselors and/or principals 

Attending college fair programs: 

n 1-3 fairs D 4 fairs 



n over 6 fairs 
D 3 schools 



Being part of the "Adopt-A-School" program: 

D 1 school D 2 schools 

n Recommending SB alumnae to be part of the AAR program 

n Supervising alumnae in my area who are engaged in AAR activities 



Please return this form to: AAR Coordinator, Alumnae Office, P.O. Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595 
Need more information? Please call AAR Coordinator (804) 381 -61 31 



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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



continued from page 25 

to our hotel and the pleasure of an 
evening in the Christmas market at the 
base of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial 
Church. Dozens of colorful stalls had 
been erected, with wonderful wares — 
beeswax candles, dainty music boxes, 
puppets, glass ornaments, chimes and 
hand-carved wooden figures, along with 
the traditional nutcrackers. The air 
smelled of hot cider and wine, 
rostbratwurst with onions and warm 
buns from the konditerei. The cookies 
and candies were of every imaginable 
shape. It was deliciously festive, with 
young people from the east absolutely 
mesmerized by the plenty of it all. 

Then the Christmas carols ceased 
and a deep voice in somber German 
boomed from many loudspeakers. We 
picked up words here and there and a 
staUkeeper explained as best he could. 
The message concerned this historic 
day and the event about to take place to 
commemorate it In the square beside 
the market the music began, in boom- 
ing Deutsche Grammophon resonance, 
and there above our heads on two 
mammoth screens (each about 20' x 40') 
was Leonard Bernstein conducting 
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for all 
Berliners to see and hear, broadcast live 
at that very moment from East Berlin. 
Like children following the piper, we 
followed the crowd from market to 
square, hot chocolate in hand, and 
found a lamppost There we stood 
mesmerized with thousands of others 
for the next hour and a half. Once again, 
in the bitter cold, the crowd sang out the 
words of the "Ode to Joy," although on 
this unforgettable occasion Bernstein 
allowed the word "freiheif (fi-eedom) to 
be substituted for the word "freude" 
(joy) throughout the score, thereby 
creating an "Ode to Freedom" ("An die 
Freiheif) rather than an "Ode to Jo^' 
("An die Freude"). He felt sure that he 
would have had Beethoven's blessings, 
he remarked later. Amen. 

The concert over, the crowd dis- 
persed quietly into the cold wet night It 
was Christmas Eve. An infamous barrier 
had been breached; we had witnessed 
the collapse of the focus of a significant 
political influence in the world. We 
would never be the same. 



CLUB CORNER 




Tidewater FOCUS event, October 14-15, 1990. L-r: Selby Phillips Smith '84, chairman of social 
event; Molly Reeb Nissman 77, club president and overall FOCUS chairman; Peggy Jviohy Devan 
'84, chairman of prospective student party; President Hill; Sarah Longstreth '77, chairman of 
guidance counselor event. 



AcjS' 



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ANNaUNCEMENT 



This special Inauguration Magazine 

combines the winter and spring issues. 

Class notes which usually appear in the spring 

will be printed in the summer issue 

along with the summer notes. 




ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



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NOTICES 



Report of Alumnae 
Council, October 4-7,1990 

By Jane Merkle Borden '65 

First Vice President and Director of Clubs 

Fall Alumnae Council, including 
Founders' Day on October 5th and 
concluding with the inauguration of 
Sweet Briar's eighth president. Dr. 
Barbara Ann Hill on October 7th, 
offered four days packed with the 
usual Council meetings scheduled 
around festivities and celebrations. 
A record number of alumnae were 
on campus; 133 Council attendees 
from all over the country were 
joined by an additional 48 alumnae 
who arrived for the inauguration. 

Dr. M. Elizabeth Tidball, nation- 
ally recognized educator and 
author, delivered the Founders' Day 
address (See p. 10 ). Nannette 
McBumey Crowdus '57, president 
of the Alumnae Association, pre- 
sented the Outstanding Alumna 
Award to Peggy Sheffield Martin '48 
(See p. 13 ). After the traditional 
walk to Monument Hill, led by bag- 
pipes and drums, everyone enjoyed 
a campuswide picnic in the quad- 
rangle — delicious fare provided by 
the Sweet Briar food services staff. 
The Founders' Day celebration con- 
tinued with an evening panel 
featuring reports from the College's 
senior staff (a very positive and in- 
formative session), followed by a 
Bisfro party attended by students, 
faculty, staff and alumnae. 

Saturday morning's three-hour 
"Focus on Sweet Briar" workshop, 
devoted to clubs and AARs, was 
designed to acquaint Council mem- 
bers with the new FOCUS program, 
which will take President Hill and 
other staff members to 21 U.S. cities 
during 1990-92. The FOCUS pro- 
gram is a series of 1-2 day events, 
which might include a social gather- 
ing for alumnae and SBC parents, a 
meeting with school guidance coun- 
selors and a prospective student 
party. Fall 1990 FOCUS cities are 
Amherst, Charlottesville, Lynch- 
burg, Richmond, Tidewater and 
Atlanta. On the schedule for '91-'92 
are San Francisco, Baltimore, Bos- 
ton, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, No. 
New Jersey, Philadelphia, Char- 
lotte, Chicago, Denver, Fairfield 
County, NYC, Washington and 
Jacksonville. Fifteen FOCUS clubs 
were represented at the workshop 
and many recent graduates were on 
hand, an indication of new enthusi- 
asm and input. A Council goal is to 
regroup and revitalize clubs within 
the next few years. 

Saturday night the inauguration 



gala dimier dance was held...and at 
11:00 p.m. faculty, staff and alumnae 
adjourned to the Bistro, joining stu- 
dents and continuing to "dance the 
night away" to the music of the Red 
Hot Chilly Brothers — fantastic fiin! 
Sunday morning's inauguration 
(in bright warm sunshine in the 
quad) was a momentous occasion, 
with more than 90 representatives 
from other institutions gathered to 
hear Dr. Mary S. Metz, President 
Emerita, Mills College present the 
inaugural address and to wish Presi- 
dent Hill well as she accepted office. 
It was an inspirational weekend, 
promising a very bright future for 
our alma mater! 



Columbarium Reservations 

Preparation of the site of the 
projected SBC columbarium on 
Monument Hill will begin when 30 
paid advance reservations are in 
hand. All alumnae and immediate 
families are eligible to use this 
facility. For further information 
(brochure available) or to reserve 
space, please contact Chaplain 
Susan Lehman, Sweet Briar 
CoUege, Sweet Briar, VA 24595, 
(804) 381-6113. 



Summer School in Rome 
June5-July5, 1991 

Open to: College students or stu- 
dents entering college. Admission 
based on academic record. 
Faculty Professors in charge have 
taught intensive Italian summer pro- 
grams at the Italian Summer School 
at Middlebury College for almost 20 
years. 

Courses: Italian 1-2: 1st year Italian 
for beginners; Italian 5-6: for stu- 
dents with 1 year previous study at 
college level or equivalent Compo- 
sition and Conversation: for students 
with 2 years of college level study; 
History and Culture From Roman 
Italy To The Present; Special Study 
in Italian: for Italian majors and oth- 
ers with a good knowledge of Italian 
language/culture. 
Location: Loyola Rome Center 
includes classrooms, dorms, dining 
room, coffee bar and garden over- 
looking Rome (15 minutes away by 
public fransportation). 
Cost: $2100 covers tuition for 6 
semester hours, a shared room, 
American breakfast (M-F), books 
and course material, field trips to 
Rome and frain trips to Florence, 
Orvieto, Pompeii and Tarquinia. 



Application dead-line: 

Completed forms and deposit due 
February 10, 1991. 
Additional information: 

Professor Rosalia Ascari, Sweet 
Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA 
24595, (804) 381-6192. 



Request For Nominations 
For Distinguished Alumna 
Award 1991 

This award honors alumnae who 
have brought distinction to them- 
selves and to SBC through outstand- 
ing accomplishments in a volunteer 
or professional capacity (See p. 16 ). 
Please send names of candidates 
and sufficient information to estab- 
lish their qualifications for tlie 
award to the alumnae office by 
March 1, 1992. 

Alumnae Daughters and 
Granddaughters 1990-91 

Seniors, Class of 1991 

Katherine Sutliff Cooper 

Shirley Sudiff '55 

grandmother: Virginia Hodgson 

'29(dec.) 
Anne Arleigh Davis 

grandmother Julia Sadler "34 
Mary Anne Train Farmer 

Mary Anne Calhoun '66 

sister Harriet Farmer '92 
Mary Clayton Lanford 

Sarah Mann Gay '49 
Wendy Elizabeth Pressel 

grandmother Helen Smyser '27 
Juniors, Class of 1992 
Jacquelyn Van Scoten Bates 

grandmother Jacquelyn Strickland 

'35 (dec.) 
Sally Louise Croker 

Faith Susan Rahmer '54 

sister Susan M. Croker '84 
Harriet Hardaway Farmer 

Mary Anne Calhoun '66 

sister Mary Anne Farmer '91 
Catherine Tyson Ciomto 

Mary Murchison '69 

grandmother Charlotte Sprunt '46 
Ann Elizabeth Knoke 

grandmother Ellen Lucille Scott '36 
Amy Ayers Peck 

Beverly Ay ers '61 
Eleanor Anne Phillips 

Charlotte Johnson '62 
Catherine Cleveland Powell 

LindaByrd'62 
Ellen Keeley Sullivan 

Mary Lane Bryan '58 

grandmother Ellen Newell '26 
Jennifer Kate Toomey 

Joyce Cooper '60 

sister Catharine Toomey Gregorie '84 



Sophomores, Class of 1993 

Tracy Lynn (Camden 

Anne Richards '69 
Courtney Anne Canning 

Janina Canning Madigan TP '85 
Rebecca Harrison Carle 

Mary Cooke '59 
Bethany Christine Coleman 

Joyce Alcox Coleman TP '85 
Patricia Alice Friend 

Susan Smith '57 
Ashley Evans Maxwell 

McNair Currie '63 
Katherine frene Polevitzky 

grandmother. Eugenia Whiteside 

'38 (dec.) 
Paige Elizabeth Scribner 
grandmother Dorothy Campbell '43 
Freshmen, Class of 1994 
Amalia De Simone 

Judy Barthold '65 
Corinne Gaillard 

grandmother: Cornelia McDuffie 

'38 (dec.) 
Elizabeth Mallory 

stepmother Margaret M. Milnor '76 
Jennifer Martin 

Martha Benn '64 
Charlotte Prothro 

grandmother Elizabeth Perkins "39 
Caitlin Sundby 

grandmother Eudoxa Dingman "39 

(dec.) 




Lilly Lorentz Rappaport 

Lilly Lorentz Rappaport 
1909-1990 

A tribute by Martha C. Holland '72 

Mrs. Lilly Rappaport, who was 
chairman of the physics department 
at Sweet Briar from 1957 until her 
retirement in 1971, died August 3, 
1990 in a Charlottesville, Virginia 
nursing home. She is survived by 
her husband, Jacques Rappaport. 
She was a gifted teacher who al- 
ways knew how to bring out the 
best in her students. 



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Mrs. Rappaport received her 
Ph.D. from the University of 
Vienna, Austria and came to this 
country shortly thereafter. During 
World War II she did classified 
research for the U.S. Navy, after 
being granted citizenship on an 
expedited basis. After the war she 
went to Smith College where she 
served as chairman of the physics 
department until 1949. Her next 
professional involvement was as 
senior physicist at the National 
Bureau of Standards, Washington, 
D.C. During her tenure at Sweet 
Briar, Mrs. Rappaport became the 
first occupant of the Betsey 
Gushing and John Hay Whitney 
Professorship in Physics. 

For Sweet Briar physics students, 
Mrs. Rappaport was the perfect role 
model — the successful professional 
woman who cared and was 
concerned for her students, 
always available to help with aca- 
demic or personal problems. As she 
was always the professional, she as- 
sumed that physics majors would 
become professionals. Her talk was 
often of what graduate school would 
be like. This attitude inspired some 
students to go on in physics, as 
teachers and/or researchers, and 
others to pursue professional oppor- 
tunities in medicine, law and 
business. 

I first met Mrs. Rappaport as a 
freshman. I did not know what 
physics was, but it fuMiUed the 
science requirement When I 
walked into the basement of Guion 
to a lecture room presided over by a 
Uttle lady, impeccably dressed in a 
tailored suit, speaking with a Ger- 
man accent, I was bewildered. And 
after a few quizzes, I was in trouble. 
But there were Wednesday night 
review sessions before the quizzes, 
and one night I didn't get out fast 
enough. Mrs. Rappaport grabbed 
me by the shoulders, marched me 
into her office, and proceeded to tell 
me that if 1 didn't improve, I was 
going to fail, but she thought that I 
could do the work. I did the work. I 
majored in physics. But there were 
other times that she encouraged, 
motivated, and "read me the riot 
act" about my performance. Some- 
how she always knew how and 
when to motivate, push, pull and 
even criticize to bring out the best 
in each of us. 

Every spring she invited the 
majors to her house in Charlottes- 
ville for dinner. She was a terrific 
cook — dinner was always delicious. 
Mr. Rappaport made wonderful, 
strong dark beer. This event was 
something we all looked forward to. 
After graduation we were always 
welcome to stop by and always of- 
fered food and drink. 

There are two things that Mrs. 
Rappaport talked about that illus- 



trate her dedication to teaching and 
to the Sweet Briar liberal arts tradi- 
tion. While a scientist, she insisted 
that her majors could not become 
"uneducated scientists," and 
strongly recommended that we take 
liberal arts courses beyond the 
then-current distribution require- 
ments. Even though she gave so 
much time and attention to her 
physics majors, she said that she 
loved best teaching the freshman 
physics course and watching the 
faces light up as once more new stu- 
dents began to understand the 
world fi-om a new perspective. 



Marjorie Lewis Jordan 
Aurelia Tyler Jones 

The Sweet Briar family was di- 
minished by the deaths of Marjorie 
Lewis Jordan, 81 and AureUa Tyler 
Jones, 94, both on November 24, 
1990. Marjorie Jordan was em- 
ployed in Sweet Briar's information 
office from November, 1961 until 
her retirement in 1974, 

Aurelia Jones worked in the 
Sweet Briar laundry from 1915 until 
her retirement in 1966. She and her 
husband. Sterling, raised their fam- 
ily of eight children in the cabin that 
now houses the Farm Tool Mu- 
seum. She is survived by two sons, 
Fletcher Jones and Sterling Jones, 
Jr. and tiiree daughters, Mrs. 
Lxjuise Brown, Ms. Pearl Jones and 
Mrs. Dorothy Sales. Dorothy is em- 
ployed in Sweet Briar's Book Shop. 



Friends Remember 
Richard Carrott 

In the fall of 1954 a legendary 
personality joined Sweet Briar's art 
history department His 1937 
Packard touring car, grandly 
moving along the road in front of 
Academic (now Benedict) heralded 
his arrival (usually at 8:09) at 8:00 
a.m. classes. Inclement weather 
brought additional flourish, created 
by the sweep and swing of the long 
dark cape he wore. By the time he 
entered the lecture haU, we had 
closed the shutters and settied 
down in quiet darkness to enjoy his 
lecture and extemporaneous exposi- 
tions on life and history woven into 
detailed examination of whatever 
subject the day's study offered. 

Richard Carrott taught us with 
fervor and humor not only to see, 
but to appreciate history and 
humanity in detail. He broadened 
our vision. Although he was only at 
Sweet Briar three years, those of us 
fortunate enough to learn from him, 
to become friends of his, were given 




Richard Carrott 

gifts to last a lifetime. His enthusi- 
asm was tempered by a sense of 
taste and discipline, and attention to 
detail. He and the late Eleanor 
Barton were a formidable team, 
truly unforgettable. 

Richard remained my friend and 
mentor for 35 years, sharing his 
professional acumen, his love of the 
19th century of France, of curious 
revivals, of the foibles of humanity. 
May his spirit rest weU in his be- 
loved "La ToureUe," Rochefort 
Thank you, Richard. 

Eleanor Humphreys Schnabel '58 

Ella-Prince Trimmer Knox '56 shares 
some of her fondest memories of Richard 
Carrott: 

A French gendarme's cape and 
saddle shoes; A Packard touring car 
and a Model T, both of which 
worked; The phrase "total sheer 
heaven" and the adjective "glori- 
ous"; In the XDC-XX history of art 
course, he showed the silent film, 
TTie Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, accom- 
panied by a record of Marlene 
Dietrich ("total sheer heaven") sing- 
ing songs from The Blue Angel — 
probably Sweet Briar's first 50« et 
lumiere; He told us he'd been cap- 
tured by the Germans in WWII 
while he was peeling potatoes — 
somehow that seemed the way he'd 
do it He could waltz and tango and 
all his records wheezed ("glori- 
ous"); He loved to tell stories, do 
imitations of colleagues and stu- 
dents, and absolutely HATED to be 
interrupted: "Please don't talk while 
I'm interrupting" or "Isn't that 
funny? I thought / had the floor"; All 
meals began with the world's driest 
martini and homemade soup. He 
was the only person I ever knew 
who used finger bowls; Mutual re- 
spect of Eleanor Barton; When he 
appeared in Antigone as the mes- 
senger, he coughed inside his 
mask, forgot his lines and hoped 
the audience would think he was 
speaking Greek; He was a recent 



speaker on Marie Antoinette's 
hameau at a VersaiUes sympo- 
sium — a big honor; His is the 
definitive work on Egyptian Revival 
Architecture. I have heard from 
Alison West a specialist in sculp- 
ture and friend of Richard's, that he 
will be buried in the pyramid he had 
built at his house, "La ToureUe," 
Rochefort-en-Yvesline, near Paris on 
July 4, 1991. Every art historian 
worth his salt tried to be at "La 
ToureUe" for at least one 4th of July 
celebration with its multicourse 
banquet and fireworks. 

And Caroline Sauls Shaw '58 concludes: 

Richard added so much to our 
Uves. His teaching opened our eyes 
to pictures and statues and build- 
ings that continue to attract our 
interest and enrich our leisure. Life 
doesn't throw up that many fascinat- 
ing characters, and his style, 
humor, attitudes and exaggeration 
were the most colorful influence of 
our coUege years. He made us feel 
as sophisticated as he was\ And he 
kept up with us through all the 
years since then. 



Recent Deaths 

H. Lei Red '15 

October 4, 1990 
Mrs. Harvey Leroy Whitley 

(Margaret Benton '23) 

November 25, 1990 
Mrs. John S. Thornton 

(Katherine Slaughter '24) 

November 8, 1990 
Mrs. McFarland W. Wood 

(MadeUne Brown '27) 

October 17, 1990 
Mrs. Daniel Stone 

(Isabel McPheeters '28) 

August 17, 1990 
Mrs. Thomas Pinckney 

(Charlotte Kent '31) 

September 7, 1990 
Mrs. George K. Stead 

(Naomi E. Doty '31) 

September 1, 1990 
Mary Burnley Lankford '33 

June 15, 1990 
Mrs. Raymond E. Fuessle 

(Emily Cecilia Bfrdsey '34) 

September 10, 1990 
Mrs. James B. Holland 11 

(RosaUe "Robin" Swartz '39) 

August 18, 1990 
Mrs. Kershaw Burbank 

(Sally Page WUUams '42) 

August 30, 1990 
Dr. EUenor Stafford-Milio 

(EUenor K. Stafford '47) 

date unknown 
Mrs. Burdette C. NichoUs 

(Louise Sevier Currey '49) 

October 22, 1990 
Mrs. Bill Downey 

(Serain Christina Martin '66) 

October 22, 1990 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



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SWEET 
BRIAR 

COLLEGE 




1922 



Jeannette Kidd Sheridan writes, 
"Nothing new. Still getting around to 
theatre, movies, horse races, etc. Had 
3 grandchildren married last summer — a 
busy, happy time! Is anyone else from 
my class still around?" A newsletter 
from the Marjorie P. Lee retirement 
home in Cincinnati included an article 
on Ruth Ulland who lives in an apart- 
ment there, overlooking the garden 
and near shopping and services in 
Hyde Park Square where Ruth loves to 
walk. The article highlights Ruth's 
collection of Toby jugs from all over 
the world. Edith Marshall '21 also lives 
in the same retirement community. 



1930 



President 

Katryne Blake IVIoore (Mrs Robert P.). 

Jump Off, Rt. 1 , Box 203, Sewanee, TN 

37375 

Secretaries 

Elizabeth Copeland Norlleet 

(Mrs. Fillmore), 1600 Gordon Avenue, 

Apt. #104, Charlottesville, VA 22903 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams Gilmore 

(Mrs. W. Kirk), 2637 Barracks Road, 

Charlottesville, VA 22901 

Fund Agent 

Emmy Riely Lemaire (Mrs Remy), 

10 East End Avenue, Apt. 12, New 

York, NY 10021 

There were 12 of us at our 55th 
Reunion, and this year, our 60th, we 
were still 12, although the cast of 
characters had changed slightly. We 
are holding our own. Out of the begin- 
ning 200 members of our class, 72 are 
now on the active list. Our graduating 
class numbered 82. This 60th year, we 
had the highest percentage attending 
the Reunion. We enjoyed the occasion, 
seeing each other, and noting with 
smug pride how competently and 



gracefully Sweet Briar does these 
things. 

Herewith our Reunion roster: Lucy 
Miller Baber, Carolyn Martindale 
BiGuin, Agnes Sproul Bush, Elizabeth 
Games, Emilia Turner Cowling, 
Elizabeth Williams Gilmore, Elizabeth 
Gorsline, Emma Riely Lemaire, 
Katryne Blake Moore, Elizabeth 
Copeland Norlleet, Elizabeth 
Saunders Ramsay, Evelyn Ware 
Saunders. To our delight, Cordelia 
Kirkendall Barricks, the only represen- 
tative of '25, joined us, as she had 
done 5 years before; and Julia Sadler 
de Coligny '34, and Gert Prior '29, 
joined us at luncheon. 

We had a class summit meeting 
after lunch in one of the hallways, 
catching up and electing new officers: 
Kathryne Blake Moore, up from 
Sewanee, TN, president; Emma Riely 
Lemaire, New York City, fund agent; 
and we, the undersigned, class secre- 
taries — recycled after 5 years. 

We thanked Carolyn, our president 



emeritus, who has kept in touch over 
the years by mail, telephone, and 
enthusiasm. She represented our class 
on the podium at the Convocation 
entertaining the audience with a new 
version of her talk at an earlier Re- 
union. It was wonderfully warm and 
caring and reminiscent of all our 
favorite things and people at Sweet 
Briar "in our day." We spoke of the 
privileges and benefits of our Sweet 
Briar education as being with us still, 
in spite of our different communities 
and various talents. We may not have 
the drive we once had, but this may 
give us more time in which to enjoy 
our children and grandchildren. We do 
not have an industrial tycoon in our 
midst, but as for volunteerism, we 
wrote the book. 

In our private gathering, Katryne 
read us the recent editorial-obituary 
from the Chattanooga (TN) Times'in 
memory of Mary MacDonald 
Reynolds. Mac endeared herself to her 
whole community as a feature writer 
and columnist in her native city for 26 
years. We remembered how much Mac 
had brightened our student days. We 
had a news bulletin from the Indiana 
chapter of the Nature Conservancy 
recognizing the support and commit- 
ment of our Sally Reahard, a recipient 
of the Oak Leaf Award. 

Sending notes and regrets were: 
Mona Stone Green from NV. planning 
their 60th wedding anniversary. (The 
Greens were on campus last year for 
the graduation of their granddaughter.); 
Eleanor Williams Sloane, ME; 
Lindsay Prentis Woodroofe. MA; 



Frances Barnett Crosby, recently 
moved from FL to Washington, DC; 
and Alice Lee Perkins Clayton from 
San Mateo shaken but unhurt in the N, 
CA earthquake; Telia Barksdale 
Bailey, VA; Elizabeth Orr Miller, Port 
St Lucie, FL; and Wilhelmina Rankin 
Jeter, Orlando. 

Ruth Hasson Smith is in a retire- 
ment home in Pittsburgh, PA. Dougie 
Lyon Stedman divides her time be- 
tween FL and PA, with equal time for 
golf and bridge. Myra Marshall Bush 
was busy in Lexington, VA helping her 
doctor husband tend their large and 
celebrated rose garden. We expected 
to have Serena Ailes Stevens. Ml and 
Josephine Reid Stubbs, KS, with us. 
as of last Reunion, but Serena had a 
brief hospital stay, so we missed both 
of them. Serena pledged a generous 
amount for a nonrestrictive gift, 
payable over 10 years, as announced 
at Convocation. We were exceedingly 
sorry she could not be with us to 
receive the gratitude of her college and 
her classmates. 

We travel. In these past 60 years, 
this class must have circumnavigated 
the globe several times. Mary 
Huntington Harrison in Cincinnati was 
absent from Reunion because she was 
having dinner with all her children for 
the first time in years, as well as pre- 
paring to push off for AK to visit whales 
and such Gladys Wester Horton, FL, 
was also off to AK with her daughter, 
an ordained priest in Boca Raton. 
Elizabeth Saunders Ramsay, TN, plans a 
trip to Russia and a South American 
cruise. We wish to alert you all to look 




Class of 1930: Front row. l-r: Evelyn Ware Saunders, Katryne Blake Moore, Emilie Turner Cowling. Back row, l-r: Emmy Riely 
Lemaire, Elizabeth Carnes, Carolyn Martindale Blouln. 



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for Eunice Walters Coolbaugh's 

daughter Sally, a senior flight attendant 
with Pan Am World Airways on runs to 
Moscow, Warsaw, and European 
countries. Introduce yourselves when 
you are flying with her. 

An illustrated article in the 
Wilmington, NC Morning Star, relates 
the remarkable riding career of 
Elizabeth Stephenson Tate in whose 
honor an award has just been named 
by the Scotts Hill Saddle Club. Liz has 
been teaching riding for 51 years, and 
has had her own stable of 25 ponies. 
She is the guru of English saddle 
riding in the Wilmington area, and her 
many pupils span 3 generations. She 
says that nothing else has given her 
such an opportunity to help others. Liz 
no longer rides, but she still competes, 
now in horse driving competition. 

Teresa Atl(inson Greenieaf in 
Atlanta reports a successful Living 
Room Learning Adventure this past 
winter. One of your secretaries has a 
particular interest in this, as the pro- 
gram was begun in Cleveland, OH, by 
the Adult Education Division of West- 
ern Reserve U. in 1950. The experi- 
mental course was tried out in your 
secretary's (Betsy) living room when 
she was president of the Cleveland 
Sweet Briar alumnae group. During the 
next 15 years, this pioneer Sweet Briar 
group became the source of pilot 
courses, later taken over by the main 
program. If you have saved your 
alumnae magazines (and of course all 
of us have!) there is an article on this 
Sweet Briar group in the October 1 952 
issue. Nowadays, Betsy, like Candide, 
cultivates her garden, especially if her 
garden is a tennis court. 

Liz, the other secretary, lives in a 
retirement residence she designates as 
an elegant boarding house. She re- 
cently sold her house where she lived 
for 25 years, during part of which time 
she taught at St. Anne-Belfield School. 
She acquired a small nearby apartment 
for a study where she does bits of free- 
lance writing. She goes to England as 
often as she can — like next Oct. SO 
on to our 65th! Make your reservations 
NOW!! 



1934 



President 

Eleanor Alcott Bromley (Mrs. Harry H), 

2998 Huntington Road, Shaker 

Heights. OH 44120 

Secretary 

Julia Sadler de Collgny (Mrs. Calvert 

G.), Rt. 1 , Box 271 , Amherst, VA 24521 

Fund Agent 

Elizabeth Bond Wood (Mrs. Ernest M., 

Jr.), 1202 Greenway Court, Lynchburg, 

VA 24503 

Greetings to the Class of '34! I 
heard word from 40 of us, which is not 
bad considering there were 210 at the 
start, 55 have died, 29 are lost, 36 
have requested No Mail, and there are 
still 90 on the active list. Don't try to 
make sense out of that Two things we 
have in common: we have many out- 
standing grandchildren, and we have 
traveled a lot. 

Martha Lou Stohlman just com- 
pleted her opus magnum on growing 
up in MO — 500 pages and a great 
satisfaction — so watch for reviews. 
Eleanor Alcott Bromley was busy at 
the Council on Foreign Affairs setting 
up the programs for next year. She 
hoped to see Nancy Russell Carter 
and Mary Lee Ryan Strother this 
summer. I doubt there will be time. 
Nancy writes: "I went to Switzerland, 
Austria, Italy and Germany. Took in the 
Oberammergau Passion Play (super!) — 
traveled by bus with an AARP group. I 
help with handicapped horse-back 
riding therapy and did a little cross- 
country skiing with the blind. Tennis 
and golf take up the rest of my time! 
By comparison, Connie Burwell 
White's news, she thinks, is very static: 
"Winter in AZ, summer in the new 
Denver townhouse: fishing in the CO 
mountains and in MT, usually one 
wonderful trip — ^this year a cruise to AK." 

Helen Closson Hendricks gets her 
SB information from her daughter, 
Susan Slayman '60 and granddaughter, 
Beth Nubbe '84, and hopes to make it 
herself on our 60th. She still summers 
at Culver and winters visiting 2 daugh- 
ters in Germany whenever possible. 
Mary Evelyn Wood LIttrell tells of her 
husliand Larry's death after 2 years of 
III health. Larry was a prominent citizen 
of Amherst, and he is greatly missed. 
Betty Suttle Briscoe and Chris were 
about to celebrate their 50th anniver- 
sary with the whole family of 14 — 
quite a crowd for an only child! Now 
they will move into a smaller house in 
the same location, Hilton Head. 
Cordelia Penn Cannon writes that she 
is alive and fragile, with osteoporosis 
having invaded that back injury we all 
remember from freshman year when 
she fell off the Gray Arcade. Her 



daughter Claire Christopher '58 is in 
Africa, granddaughter Ashley works in 
Boston, grandson in AK, son Stephen 
is into antique cars. Cordelia is soon 
going to Switzeriand, Germany and 
Austria (seeing the Passion Play at 
Oberammergau). Ruth Pheasants 
Myers remembers Gladys Boone's 
emphatic statement that "politics is not 
a dirty word." She is proud that her 
daughter-in-law was elected to the 
Winston-Salem Board of Aldermen. 
Her daughter Emily (SBC '65) is Junior 
Warden of the Vestry in her church in 
Chariotte and president of the Char- 
lotte Debutante Club which benefits the 
Mint Museum. Her youngest grand- 
daughter will enter UVA this fall. Sallie 
Merritt Brentwell (now uses Sara) 
rejoices in a move to a quiet place with 
her family in Marietta, GA. 

A whirlwind romance, the San 
Francisco earthquake, a Delta flight 
diverted to Denver, then to the Arizona 
Inn in Tucson changed Jane Morrison 
Moore's name to Mrs. John Duncan 
Leah of Chariotte. She not only re- 
tained her own house but acquired a 
duplex cottage in Southminster as 
home to her 4 children with their 
spouses, 12 grandchildren and 1 great 
grandchild who live afar but come to 
visit. Anne Corbett Little had a nice 
visit with her in Chariotte and plans to 
go to Ireland in Sept. to paint. Anne's 
youngest daughter Roberta was 
married in Jan. to Robert Jefferson 
Head in Atlanta and her granddaughter 
graduated from U. of T, PBK and MCL. 
Her grandson graduated with high 
honors from GA Tech and is marrying 
Shannon Williamson from Mobile in 
Aug. Nancy Hotchkiss Boschen settled 
in a comfortable ground floor apt. with 
lovely trails to walk and a 3 hole golf 
course in a retirement community like 
Old Folks at Home in Essex, CT. Last 
Oct. Tinka Strauss Solmssen and her 
husband moved to Meadow Lakes, NJ 
where there are lots of activities and a 
great bonus in renewed friendship with 
Martha Lou to whom she gave a letter 
from Pres. Glass. She says her 4 
daughters and grandchildren are all 
well but too bad no one came to Sweet 
Briar. It /stoo bad. They would love it, 
and I am delighted to have made 
contact with Tinka. Mary Pringle 
writes happily from Sherwood Oaks, a 
lifetime care village near Pittsburgh. 
She will go to Eng. and Scot, in Sept. 

On a recent visit to campus, 
Marjorie Van Evera Lovelace showed 
SBC to a granddaughter. She loved the 
Museum which is the Inn on the 
ground floor of Boxwood and is about 
to be renovated. Her son, a theoretical 
physicist at Cornell, received a 1989- 
90 Guggenheim Fellowship and just 
returned from a meeting of scientists 
in Tbilisi in Central Asia. Her daughter 
and husband, both Ph.D's from U. of 



Ml recently returned from London 
where he taught American diplomatic 
history. Marjorie's husband is a retired 
landscape architect, civil engineer and 
city planner and has been in Wlio's 
W70 since 1952. They have slowed 
down on travel — no more trips into 
Eastern Turkey or even domestic trips 
on untamed rivers in rafts or canoes. 

Eleanor Cooke Esterby and Dan 
had a big trip back to KS this year with 
their 3 daughters and son-in-law in a 
rented van. It was 4 days going and 5 
days coming home over Easter but a 
far cry from their drive last July across 
northern Spain on the Pilgrimage 
Route of Saint James over to Santiago 
de Campostella. But now their chief 
interest is their 6 mo. old grandson, 
Daniel IV, a wonderful fellow for sure! 
Word from Theresa Lamfrom Beck 
tells of her and husband Bill's trip to 
MA, ME, Quebec and Montreal last 
Oct. Has been in touch with her room- 
mate, Emily Denton Tunis living In 
Albuquerque. Dottle Turno Gardiner 
made the big move into smaller quar- 
ters, a smaller townhouse in Menio 
Park. I wish our president, Marcia 
Morrison Curtis in Temple, TX would 
follow the example of her sister Poodle 
who comes back often to the great joy 
of us all. Marcia wrote in April: "Still 
here, healthy and happy." 

Kitty Neelyfrom Fleetville, PA 
doesn't seem to spend much time 
there. She spoke of spending last Nov. 
in S. CA waiting to sail "down under" 
again — loves those freighters with 
long days at sea — then flew East to 
help a friend get to FL for 6 weeks. 
When she got home she was stricken 
with "mal de valise"!! A real thrill came 
from a seaweed farmer in the Philip- 
pines, who found a bottle she had 
thrown overboard in the Tasman Sea 3 
years earlier!! Mitzi Hanifen Fried 
wrote of severe health and hearf 
problems but seems to be surviving 
well and had 52 wonderful years of 
marriage. She's still in Palm Beach. 
Mary Rogers Moser, my first fresh- 
man roommate, likes her retirement 
place in Azalea Towers in Pensacola 
and invites Sweet Briar visitors to use 
their short-term guest apts. 

Elinor Fitch Welch loves her St. 
Petersburg condo — ideal for a woman 
alone and rid of responsibilities of a 
house. Lydia Goodwyn and husband 
Herbert Lorentzen planned to spend 
Aug. in Nantucket with his 2 daugh- 
ters. Helen Hanson brought Bill's 
stepmother home from FL in May to 
prepare her for cataract operation. En 
route they paused to celebrate her son 
John's 50th and her stepmother-in- 
law's 90th birthday. You're bound to 
come north near Rt. 81 and we have a 
charming new Inn on the campus. 
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for her 2nd cataract operation. Hope all 
goes well for both Jo Fink Meelis and 

Dave had a wonderful trip to AK in 
June and are headed for Harbor Springs, 
Ml for a family reunion including 2 
daughters in HI, one in Billings, MT 
and a son in Sonoma, CA. She tells me 
she has a good friend working in 
development at SBC — Mary Fran 
Sappenfield whom of course I know 
but will get to know better with this 
bond. Dorothy Hutchinson Howe 
writes from West Norwalk, CT that she 
has a mental picture of me, poor thing, 
and says she keeps in touch with the 
class through Bonnie Wood Stookey I 
just had a delicious reunion with 
Bonnie and Mary Moore Rowe in 
Boston. Both are aging beautifully. 
Mary's husband distinguished himself 
even further after retirement by writing 
a definitive tome on the shoulder. They 
plan to keep their retirement cottage in 
NH and restore the family home in 
Fredericksburg, VA. One of her 3 sons 
is a minister in VA. Bonnie had back 
trouble which made her break her date 
to attend the Spoleto Festival in 
Charleston, SC with Lib Schuer 
Maxwell. Bonnie's chief thrill at the 
moment is a newly adopted grandson 
(4) from Korea. 

Becky Strode Lee is well, busy and 
happy trying to keep up with her 4 
children and their families. She is a 
leading light at Westminster Canterbury 
in Richmond. Her eldest, St. George, Jr., 
the doctor married to Ann Tremain '69, 
has his whole family in Germany 
visiting friends and attending the Passion 
Play. Brownie, SBC '60, is in Mauretania 
supervising Peace Corps teachers: 
Becky was going to ME in July with 
son Aubrey and his family and to see 
Eleanor and her tribe in Carrabelle, FL. 
Liz Mayfield Chapman's back had a 
mysterious and painful ailment which 
caused her to hobble through Spain 
and Portugal with a friend who had 
bad feet! At the time of her writing she 
was nursing herself in preparation for 
a trip to Italy with 2 granddaughters 
and a niece, so I wouldn't classify her 
as a hopeless invalid! Jackie Wood 
wrote as she was about to leave for her 
5th W&L alumni college, a month in 
England, Ireland and Scotland. She had 
visited Cordelia and Judy Halliburton 
Davis '35 at their beautiful places off 
the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mary Walton 
McCandlish Livingston saw Eleanor 
Rust Mattera and Warwick Rust 
Brown '31 looking as beautiful as ever 
at their brother's 50th wedding anni- 
versary celebration in Fairfax. It seems 
Eleanor and her husband live in East 
Lansing, Ml and she has her Ph.D. in 
English from Mich. State. Mary Walton 
still works at the National Archives in 
DC and still plays tennis. 

Lasar, who served this column for 
such a long time, just stopped work- 



ing, so will be busy with family, house, 
garden, friends and grandchildren, 
plus a grea?grandchild! Daughter Julie 
is getting her MA and teaching 
English! It has been a great privation 
that Lasar hasn't gotten back to cam- 
pus, but there's new hope. Son David 
& family now live in Arlington, VA 
(NSF) and his wife wants to drive her 
down. Goody! Just let me know when. 
I see Elizabeth Eskridge Ambler 
around town in Amherst with her hus- 
band Carter occasionally. Margaret Ross 
Ellice was here in May full of pride and 
joy at the graduation of a 2nd grand- 
daughter. This was Gladden Adam '90. 
Margaret also praised the Museum, 
which is the achievement of Helen 
MacMahon '23 and Ann Whitley '47. 

My 2 daughters live nearby. Julie 
Amanda '68 now has 3 shops, one of 
which is on Rivermont Avenue called 
S'Amanda's Too. Her sister (my 
daughter) Anne Davis is the manager 
of that one. I have a granddaughter 
Anne Arleigh Davis who is a rising 
senior at Sweet Briar. She's a com- 
puter expert and an enthusiastic Sweet 
Tone. My two sons both live in MD and 
have given me 5 grandchildren. Cal is 
still in international business. Bill, 
having indulged his artistic instincts in 
landscape design until he found he had 
to dig all his own holes, has dusted off 
his doctorate and is back into teaching 
English for the Univ. of MD full time 
and enioying it. 

We are entering a new era at Sweet 
Briar. Dr. Barbara Ann Hill, our new 
president, is already in her office and 
we look forward to welcoming her at a 
reception soon. There is a whole new 
attitude toward the merit of single sex 
colleges for women. The pendulum 
has begun to swing back and I'm sorry 
I don't have time for a speech. Instead, 
look for women with high potential and 
send them for an interview! Thank you 
for writing and come when you can. 



1938 



President 

Janet MacFarlan Bergmann (Mrs 

Charles H.), 244 Ackerman Avenue, 

Ho-Ho-Kus, IMJ 07423 

Secretary 

Pollyanna Shotwell Holloway (Mrs 

Robert A. Holloway), 5675 Sandalwood, 

Baton Rouge, LA 70806 

Fund Agent 

Jane Bemis Wills 

(Mrs. Allan C), 266 Park Street New 

Canaan, CT 06840 

Slim pickings this time, girls. I 
surely could use some news from you. 

Notice my new address. Our 
architect son and family (2 boys, 10 & 
13) will move into our big house with 
pool, and he has designed and is 
building us a smaller one right next 
door. We will have a family compound, 
and our children will help care for us in 
our old age. 

Congratulations to 4 classmates on 
their golden wedding anniversaries. 
Carolyn Stamen Ogilvie and Buck had 
Briarites Sigur Moore Whitaker. Betty 
Moore Stowers, Mildred Pharr Clark, 
and Florence Caven Crosnoe and Ralph 
there to share it with them. She and 
Buck attended a grandson's graduation 
from W&L in June. Otherwise they 
stay busy with church, community and 
golf. Molly Talcott Dodson and Grif 
celebrate in Aug. with 3 generations of 
family at the beach. When Grif is not 
busy with law practice, they spend 
their time in the Chesapeake aboard 
their cruising sailboat. Janet 
MacFarlan and Carl Bergmann were 
surprised by all their children with a 4 
day family celebration with all the 
trimmings Dorothy Gipe Clement and 
John had to cancel an elaborate party 
planned by their children due to 
Dottle's surgery 6/6. Instead, they had 
a wonderful family reunion. Dottle is 
recovering but resting to regain 
strength for the wedding of and recep- 
tion for her oldest granddaughter in 
Sept. John raced in the "Head of the 
Class" last Oct. while visiting their 
daughter and grandchildren in Wellesley. 
The grandchildren go to a camp in ME 
whose director is Steve Kellogg, son of 
Marlon (Macky) Fuller Kellogg 

Rebecca (Becky) Kunkle Hogue 
and husband Fred had a rough year, in 
and out of hospitals. They are both 
recuperating now, and hope to spend 
the rest of the summer at their moun- 
tain home with all of their family. 
Marge Thaden Davis is spending the 
summer at their place in NJ with a 
cruise planned for fall. She retired 
from real estate, and is now officially a 
lay reader at St. Paul's Episcopal 
Church in Gainesville. Josephine Happ 



Willingham plans a trip to Italy In 
Sept. She visits son Joe and wife in 
San Francisco every winter, and 
otherwise keeps busy with church 
work. Isabelle Franke DeGraaf loves 
condo living on Tampa Bay. She is 
now on a Northern Highlights tour of 
Europe Carolyn Potter Ryburn and 
Frank are traveling again — Bermuda 
this time. They will return to Coral 
Beach and tennis club until they go to 
Yorkshire in the fall. Cornelia (Dee) 
Armfield Cannon and Gene are at 
Atlantic Beach, NC with 15 members of 
their family. 

Maud Tucker Drane and Hardy had 
a fabulous trip to Russia just when 
"the wall" came down. They are now 
baby-sitting with 3 of their grandchil- 
dren. They just had a visit from 
Margaret Weimer Shepherd and 
Walton Barbara (Fergie) Ferguson 
Hill is spending the summer at Cape 
Cod, golfing, playing tennis, and 
visiting with Mary Ann Housel Carr 
who is renting her other house for the 
month of June. The Hills hope to travel 
in the fall before returning to their winter 
home in FL Gertrude Alexanderson 
Young had an exciting month's trip to 
HI last Feb, followed by a visit to 
relatives in CA and AZ. The Youngs 
divide their time between their homes 
on Lake George and in Schenectady. 
Gertrude has macular degeneration in 
one eye, but is healthy otherwise. 

Gene Brock Hawley visited her 
sister in Perdido Key, FL, and now 
plans a visit to her daughter in 
Morgantown, WV. Molly Talcott 
Dodson's daughter lives there also and 
the 2 girls have great fun together. 
Gene saw Josephine Sutton McCandlish 
this spring. She also sees Ida Todman 
Pierce who took a trip through the 
Panama Canal from San Francisco to 
Barbados, and now plans a Sept. trip 
to Montreal and Saguenay. The 2 of 
them play bridge together often. Gene 
leaves in Oct. on a trip to NM with the 
VA Museum Council. Patty Monclure 
Drewry '39 will be her companion. 
Virginia Guild Colmore had a recent 
knee replant, and can walk fine. One 
granddaughter has been working in 
London, and is now traveling the 
continent. Two other granddaughters 
will be students at Sewanee in the fall. 
Robert and I go to Sewanee in Aug., 
and hope to visit Virginia in Chatta- 
nooga on our way home. 

Dorothy Selbert Smith regrets she 
missed our 50th reunion, but heard all 
about it from Ruth Pfingsten Polster. 
Dot joined the SBC trip to Indonesia in 
March, and thoroughly enjoyed the 
trip, renewing old acquaintances and 
making new ones Nancy McCandlish 
Pritchard was also on that trip, 
Frances (Frannie) Bailey Brooke went 
to NC for the graduation of a grand- 
daughter from Elon College, and then 



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to Myrtle Beach where she ran into Dot 
Thomas Upton. This month she and 
George are on a Rhine River cruise, 
with a family reunion scheduled for 
Aug., followed by a trip to Egypt in Oct. 
Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson is feeling 
well again, and was able to go on a 
Caribbean cruise last fall, going as far 
as Caracas. Grenada, and St. Michaels. 
She looks forward to a summer visit 
from her only grandchild. Barbara 
(Babble) Derr Chenoweth is off to 
England for a month, accompanied by 
her 2 daughters and their children. 
Feb. saw the Chenoweths on a trip to 
Egypt. May and June were spent in NC 
where they will return to spend the fall. 
Kay Hoyt has recovered sufficiently 
from disc trouble to continue her 
volunteer work and tutoring. She is 
also busy with Elderhostel programs, 
one at the Univ. of l\IH in June, and 
another at CT College in Aug. She is 
still extremely interested in environ- 
mental causes, and devotes a lot of her 
time and energy to various projects. 
Dorothy (Dolly) Nicholson Tate is on a 
new Honors Program Committee at 
Sweet Briar, working on a 4 year honor's 
program beginning in the freshman 
year. Sounds great. She and Jack are 
still greatly involved in volunteer work. 
Her latest project is a study of infant 
mortality. It has been gratifying work, 
although tedious and slow. Jack is 
traveling in Russia with number 2 grand- 
son, a sophomore at the Univ. of AL. 



1942 



President 

Eugenia Burnett Affel (Mrs. Herman A., 

Jr.), 315 Rex Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 

19118 

Secretary 

Polly Peyton Turner (Mrs. Carol A), 

331 -A Pine Ridge Drive, Whispering 

Pines, l\IC 28327 

Fund Agent 

Sally (Si) WaIke Rogers, 1496 Minor 

Ridge Court, Charlottesville, VA 22901 

Here I go with a new adventure: 
writing the class notes on a word 
processor! Thanks to all of you who 
responded so promptly to my plea for 
news and to those who expressed 
appreciation for my journalistic efforts. 
Feeling more closely in touch with you 
is a wonderful privilege for me! Several 
of you replied to the eariier suggestion 
of publishing the 50th reunion ques- 
tionnaires (or a summary of each), but 
I'd appreciate more input on that and 
on the type of information you would 
like to see on the questionnaires. If the 
questionnaires are simply to be 



xeroxed as sent in, they would have to 
be typed or written legibly in black ink. 
I have trouble deciphering some of the 
post cards! Eugie Burnett Affel. our 
president, urgently requests your 
response as to what sort of program 
you want to put on and VOLUNTEERS 
to help put it together. The reunion will 
be just over a year away when you 
read this column. Eugie would like to 
have a meeting very soon. So, please! 
Get in touch with her or with me. How 
about NOW? 

Most of our news is happy, and in 
reading class news perhaps it seems 
that there is no other kind, but I am 
certain that most of us have dealt with 
problems or are facing them right now. 
If that describes you, don't feel that you 
are alone. Your classmates care and 
sympathize, as we do now with Eliot 
(Jeff) Jeffords Townsend, IVIargaret 
Preston Moore, and Lindsay (Bittie) 
Grumpier Molting all of whose hus- 
bands died in the fall of '89. Jeff says 
that wonderful family support and that 
of friends, church, and her golf groups 
help her to keep going, but the bright 
spots are her 2 small grandchildren 
whom she sees frequently. Pres, too, 
is supported by the love of family and 
friends. Even the sorrow of the week of 
Gerald's death ended in joy over the 
birth of Pres' 7th grandchild right there 
in St. Petersburg. Bittie's husband Fritz 
had retired after a distinguished career 
at the State Dept. (including Ambassa- 
dor to Saigon), in banking, and in 
several capacities at U.Va. We were 
saddened too, to learn of the death, in 
Sept., of Josh Jr., son of Ruth Hensley 
and Josh Camblos. 

Several of us have surmounted 
problems: Laura Graves Howell 
underwent 2 disk operations within 6 
weeks but says recovery is in sight. 
Although a stroke has forced her to cut 
down on activities and travel, Pattie 
Rose Early Trippet is getting back to 
normal. She exercises lots and hopes 
to be back on the golf course soon. 
She managed some weekend trips and 
planned a longer one in July to Santa 
Fe and CO. Pattie Rose's younger 
daughter and 2 small granddaughters 
live there in Waco, and her elder 
daughter, now divorced, lives in 
Jackson, WY. Having had surgery for 2 
successive springs, Nancy Davis 
Reynolds was joyful to be well again. 
Nancy enjoys all 5 of her grandchildren 
and planned to take the 2 older girls to 
NM in June. The Reynolds spend 6 
weeks each fall on the NC coast and 2 
winter months in Melbourne, FL. Jane 
Taylor Lowell returned to her Cape 
Coral home after a stressful year 
involving divorce from her husband of 
46 years. All her children are thriving 
and Jane feels that God has richly 
blessed her with loving, caring friends 
and all the activities she can handle. 



Others have been more fortunate 
during the past year. Many of us are 
enjoying grandchildren, travel, and the 
pleasures of retirement. Cynthia 
Abbott Dougherty is a great grand- 
mother as of 1 2/89 and wonders if she 
is the 1st? Jean Hedley Currie and 
IVIargaret Leonard Proctor both have 
step-great-grandchildren, but I know 
of no others. Raymond and Florence 
Bagley Witt enjoy good health and 
busy lives and their outstanding 
children and grandchildren. One family 
joined them for Thanksgiving and the 
other for Christmas. Their "wonderful 
bright spirit" Mary Alice lives and 
works right there in Chattanooga. 
Raymond continues the practice of 
law. Although Mary Alice Bennett 
Baumburger lives in Geneva, she 
spends time in the summer at 
Southampton, NY. Her grandson 
rowed on the Princeton freshman 
heavy weights. Betty Brown Borden, 
("Brownie") lives a busy "retired" life 
in Santa Barbara where her husband 
now sculpts big game animals. They 
see their children and grandchildren 
often and play golf and fish. Brownie 
was ecstatic because her twin sister 
Mary Brown Griggs and her husband 
Bayliss also moved to Santa Barbara 
recently. The twins had been apart for 
so long. 

Eugie Burnett Affel had a busy 
spring with her youngest son becom- 
ing engaged, eldest son receiving his 
MBA, visiting the family of a 3rd son's 
family in Rl and able to see the 4th son 
and family frequently as they live only 
45 minutes away. All 7 of Sudie Clark 
Hanger's children are now happily 
married, and her 16th grandchild was 
due in Sept. Sudie and Bill attended his 
50th at Penn and continued on to 
Amsterdam for a Dutch Waterways 
adventure. Last spring the Hangers, 
Potterfields, Halls, Elsie Diggs Orr, 
Helen Sanford, and Betty Hanger 
Lippincott joined Mike and Betsy 
Gilmer Tremain for a reunion in 
Chariottesville. Ann Potterfield is 
completely involved in volunteer work 
especially a 2nd Carnegie Hall in 
Lewisburg. They traveled to Spain, 
Portugal and the Oberammergau 
Passion Play. Elsie reports lots of golf, 
gardening, volunteer work and 6 
beautiful, handsome, smart grand- 
children. Helen Sanford was deter- 
mined to spend the entire summer at 
her computer, feeding in a 25-year 
accumulation of family history data. 
She attended the festive but sad SBC 
farewell dinner for IMenah Fry. Follow- 
ing a cruise to AK, Betty Lippincott 
spent the summer in Jamestown 
gardening, playing tennis and golf, and 
cruising on her newly acquired 36' 
Pearson sailboat, providing a thrill for 
visiting children and grandchildren. 
Betsy Tremain is happy to report much 



sameness: same husband, children, 
sons-in-law, and grandchildren. 

Another Elderhostel trip for Betty 
Duffield Fajans, this one to Greece 
and Turkey plus her usual CA jaunt and 
a FL trip. Duffy still remembers our 
45th with great pleasure. Bobbie Engh 
Croft says "happily we're still doing 
what we've always done": AZ with 
tennis in winter, WY with riding in 
summer, and seeing their family year 
round. Crosswell says he'll never 
retire. After a Canary Island cruise in 
March, Tom and Eloise English 
Davies spent the summer around their 
backyard pool, but took off in Sept. for 
Scotland and the English Lake district 
as Tom was to give a lecture in London 
on Admiral Peary's polar feat. Jean 
Hedley Currie's granddaughter 
became Miss CT National Teen-Ager 
and enjoyed the national pageant 
despite not winning it. Jean's travels 
were limited to her usual east coast 
jaunts plus one to TX to visit her 
stepson and his family. Lucy Hodges 
Fuller retired from being a reading 
specialist, but husband Allen continues 
to practice surgery with Allen, Jr. Their 
daughter lives in Chariotte with her 
lawyer husband and 3 daughters: 
another son and his family including a 
son and daughter are in Richmond; 
3rd son recently completed his radiol- 
ogy residency; and young Lucy enjoys 
Nags Head and the Lynchburg Hunt 
Club. I'm counting on hearing from 
Lamb next time they come to 
Pinehurstto play golf. 

Rut Jacquot Tempest is finally off 
all boards and enjoying great freedom, 
though she is running an "Antiques 
Interest Group", most of whose mem- 
bers qualify as antiques themselves 
according to Rut. Her travels encom- 
passed Paris, Switzeriand, the Cana- 
dian Rockies, and the AK inland 
passage cruise. Having visited all her 
children Alice King Harrison looked 
forward to return visits from them 
during the summer and to attending 
GFWC's NYC Convention. Alice contin- 
ues to volunteer in Forrest City. Vive 
Walker Montgomery's daughter had a 
lovely wedding aboard ship in St. 
Petersburg, FL. Carlos and Grace 
Lanier Brewer enjoyed cruising on the 
QE II round trip from NY to Nova 
Scotia while Carlos attended a medical 
seminar and attended a week in HI last 
summer. They claim 6 grandchildren. 

After 25 years Frannie Meek 
Rowe, Mimi Galloway Duncan and 
Sally Schall Van Allen managed a 
joyful reunion in Ft. Lauderdale. 
Frannie is very busy with portrait 
painting and 2 very small grandsons 
plus one 23-year old aircraft carrier 
pilot. The entire family of Rene 
Mitchell Moore spent Christmas '89 at 
St. Martens. Marion Mundy Young 
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with Seymour to tiis reunions at 
Ctioate and U.Va. Law. After 43 years 
in private medical practice Janet Quinn 
Eichacker's fiusband retired on his 
70th birthday in 1989. With Walter 
doing some post grad education and 
building a beautiful little Swampscott 
Dory and with Janet continuing all her 
activities plus visits to children and 9 
grandchildren along the eastern 
seaboard, retirement has proved less 
traumatic than expected. Barbara 
Ripley Furniss is walking better these 
days and thoroughly enjoying AZ, A 
splendid winter for her included trips 
to a Shakespeare Festival in 0., family 
Christmas in CA, Spanish language 
classes in Baja, CA, and a Washington 
visit to her daughter and to an ortho- 
pedic surgeon. 

A quiet winter followed the fun of 
entertaining grandchildren on their ME 
island in Aug, for Chris and Jeanne 
Sawyer Stanwood. Jeanne joyfully, but 
a bit anxiously, awaited the birth of 39- 
year old Cindy's 1st child, a girl, due 
6/8/90. The highlight of Eddie Sysl<a 
Peltier's travels last year: a cruise in 
the Greek Isles and Black Sea. She had 
great times with Fran Caldwell Harris 
last March in Naples: lunching, touring 
art galleries and playing bridge. 
Margie Troutman Harbin also had a 
surprise luncheon in Asheville with 
Frances and her sister Dottie Crowell 
'46, plus Ruth Hensley Camblos, all 
looking gorgeous. Margie attended the 
wedding of Dot Malone Yate's daugh- 
ter in Atlanta where she saw Sudie. 
"Exhausting, overwhelming, a marvel- 
ous experience" are some of the words 
Eleanor Ringer Linn uses to describe 
the SBC tour of Egypt. She learned 
more history, Egyptology, and archae- 
ology than she thought possible. 
Daphne Withington Adams remains 
busy with local groups and volunteer- 
ing at Osborn House (where she 
formerly worked) but claims to be 
cutting back to enable her to cope with 
many decisions that seem more 
stressful as one gets older, and to 
leave more time for herself. She visits 
her daughter and grandchildren in TX 
twice a year, and last year son Dana 
joined them for a family Christmas. 
After a flare-up of her diabetes SI 
Waike Rogers says she is "adequate". 
However she was off to her first 
Elderhostel when she wrote, a course 
about comparative culinary history 
being given in WV. Si's oldest grand- 
son is a freshman at U.Va., a satisfying 
development for his grandmother and 
Uncle Phil. Phil is developing a cov- 
ered tennis court in Charlottesville. Si 
was overwhelmed to be given the 
Volunteer of the Year award by the 
Children's Rehab Center. Also in 
C'ville, Toppin Wheat Crowell and 
Tom continue to make music on the 
French horn and piano, garden, care 



for dogs and generally stay very busy. 
Their summers are spent in Nantucket. 
Their daughter Allie is in Chad, Africa 
teaching English to French-speaking 
people at the univ. in Ndjamena, 
courtesy of the Peace Corps. I have 
talked several times with Di Greene 
Helfrich, who (bless her heart!) is 
going to collaborate with me if we are 
able to print up some sort of update 
booklet before our 50th. So NOW Carol 
and I are off for our summer vacation 
at Amelia Island, FL where we own an 
apartment on the ocean with our 
children. 



1946 



President 

Jean Love Albert (Mrs. John G), Rt. 

2, Box 341, Monroe, VA 24574 

Secretary 

Lynn Hannah Crocker (Mrs C. Kenneth), 

504 Stanwick Road, Moorestown, NJ 

08057 

Fund Agent 

Bea Dingwell Loos (Mrs. Dickson R.), 

6400 Garnett Drive, Chevy Chase, MD 

20815 

Four years ago I took pen in hand 
as sec. of the class of '46 just after our 
glorious, highly successful and heart 
warming 40th reunion. Next year, 
1991, we will celebrate our 45th, and I 
do hope that all who were there, and 
many, many more of you are planning 
to meet at SBC. Plans are being made 
and all we need is a wonderful turnout. 

And now for the news. "Tody" 
Corcoran Hartzer and Kay Fitzgerald 
Booker '47 visited Jane Belcher and 
her sister who live in their grandpar- 
ents interesting old home in Pittsford, 
VT. "It was a treat to see Miss Belcher 
again." Jean Pollard Kline and Bob 
visited "Tody" en route to FL. Jonothan, 
Tody's son, and his wife are in the 
Peace Corps in Botswana and Tody 
had a once-in-a-lifetime adventure 
visiting them, touring Victoria Falls and 
Hwango Natl. Park in Zimbabwe. Life is 
not so hectic for Bea Dingwell Loos 
this year. Dick will retire and they plan 
at least one 'lovely' trip a year. Bea and 
Ade Jones Voorhees are working hard 
on Reunion plans. We must not let 
them down. 

Mary Vinton Fleming paid a 
surprise visit on her childhood friend, 
Betty Ann Bass Morris "Bass" learned 
from Ellen Thackeray Wilson that she 
had broken her back while gardening, 
but still plans to come to Reunion. The 
realities of the passing of time hit Ann 
Farr Lewes when her grandson gradu- 
ated from h.s. He will attend U.Va. She 
also writes of Jane Richardson Vieth, 



who, with her husband Duane, are 
traveling to Europe. Ruth Houston 
Baker and Hines also visited "Bass", 
who, Ruth said, "was enthusiastic 
about her trip to Russia." Recently 
they dined with Adelaide "Pinky" 
Butler O'Neal who lives "in a beautiful 
home across from Wm. & Mary 
College." Ruth often sees Hallie Nixon 
Powell who is active in the Garden 
Club of America. On trips to Memphis, 
Ruth visits Jeanne Parham Coors and, 
also, Louise Wilbourn Collier who is 
writing her 2nd novel. Also from 
Memphis, Barbara Hood Sprunt 
moved into a condo overlooking 
Memphis C.C. 

Had a nice card from Sally Bubb 
Bruch. She is still involved in her 
husband's business, although I think 
she is ready to retire. Their 3 children 
are on the east coast. Maybe she'll visit 
in '91 "Wheats" Young Call echoes 
that wish along with hoping Betty 
Camlin Maher, Betts McKeown Scott. 
and Pat Groesbeck Gordon and I, 
"Lynn" Hannah Crocker will have our 
"sextet" reunion in '91 . Received my 
first card from Betts McKeown Scott. 
although we see each other occasion- 
ally. She and Don have a son Donald, 
who is with Paine Webber Inc. in NYC, 
and a daughter, Claire and family who 
live in Sweden. 

From Westport, CT, Leila Fellner 
Lenagh writes of her involvement in 
their Community Theater, "on the 
board, producing, and even acting." 
She will be in Eng. with her daughter 
this summer, then a family reunion at 
Christmas. (There's that word 
"reunion" again!) Sad news from Betty 
Anne Gaines Myers, whose husband 
died last summer. They had retired to 
Georgetown, SC and she plans to stay 
there, except for "some weeks in 
summer in the mountains." For "Candy" 
Greene Satterfield "living on the Gulf 
of Mexico is a joy, especially "when I 
can share it with dear friends like 
"Polly" Vandeventer Saunders and 
Bob, and "Rosie" Ashby Dashlell Her 
son Jim will be with the Environmental 
Law Institute in D.C. and daughter, 
Caroline and grandchildren are close by. 

Betsy Gurley Hewson and Tom are 
packed and heading for FL. "Before we 
get older, we want to give it a try." But 
first, a family reunion (again, that 
word) at "Sky Top" and a visit in 
Nantucket with Anne Hill Edwards, 
who is back from a month in 
Scandinavia with her husband Grit. 
"Mary Mac" Holland Harden finds 
living at the Westminster-Canterbury 
retirement home at VA Beach very 
pleasant: "Lots of people and very little 
housekeeping!" "No major changes" in 
the lives of Bertha Lee Toole and Bill, 
except for the addition of 1 grandchild 
per year for the last 1 years. They 
have enjoyed seeing Carolyn Aubrey 



Humphries on visits to Cashiers, NC. 
Jean Love Albert and John headed for 
Puerto Rico in June to visit their 
daughter and her husband who are 
giving 5 mos. to help out at the Univ. 
in Mayagueg. She is a bio-technologist 
and he a chemical engineer. "There will 
be 14 of us including spouses and 
children." Their youngest son is at AF 
OTS now. Jean is already planning for 
our 45th reunion. "So if you have ideas 
for our skit, or the weekend", let her 
know Mary Moss Madison 
Henderson is coming "to the 'big' one 
to catch up on 45 yrs." She has been 
enjoying travel in Europe. 

Helen Murchison Lane did a 
splendid job with "The Inn" at SBC. 
Through her efforts "all 1 2 rooms are 
now named and the plaques are in 
place. The Inn is a really nice addition 
to the campus and I hope everyone will 
have a chance to enjoy it." She and Ed 
are still traveling — Chelsea Flower 
Show, Van Gogh in Amsterdam and 
Brussels for "too much" dining. 
Another Floridian, Eleanor Myers Cole 
rejoined Weight Watchers after a 
beautiful E. Caribbean cruise with her 
husband. A wonderful trip with her 4 
daughters and 6 grandchildren in 
London for spring vacation kept 
Jeanne Parham Coors busy. It was 
such a success, Italy is next! But for R 
and R she has her husband, George's 
cabins on the river for "a few minutes 
by myself." Three grandsons help to 
keep Ellen Robbins Red in shape with 
swimming, cycling, tennis and 
kickball! Ellen is very involved with the 
Audubon Society "to preserve some 
nature sanctuaries in the area." She 
hopes to be at our 45th reunion. "My 
life has been so consistently normal/ 
happy, I can find no high or lows to 
report", says Ellen Thackray Wilson. 

"Jimmie" Thompson Robertson 
writes of her husband, Freddie, who 
"died of a heart attack last Dec." 
Patricia Thompson Bennett, who is a 
widow also, IS still teaching Eng. at 
Daytona Beach Comm. Coll. Instead of 
retiring she is going on sabbatical 
leave to study Eng. Lit. She has been 
an instructor for 29 years. "Would like 
to go back to SBC sometime." (Next 
year is the year ) Lucy "Cholly" Jones 
Bendall and Polly Pollard spent Jan. in 
Villefranche at I'lnstitut de Francais. 
"An intensive study of French with a lot 
of interesting people on the Cote 
d'Azur." We will see her at reunion. 

Polly Vandeventer Saunders sent 
me lots of news. Her daughter, Liza is 
"in process" with her job situation and 
son, Robbie works in a computer 
office at Emory U. She and Bob went 
to the wedding of the daughter of 
Harriet Willcox Gearhart Polly also 
received a free bridge lesson from 
visitor Rosie Ashby Dashlell. 
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Class of '50: l-r, seated on grass: Nancy Storey Wtiite, Ann Preston Vick, Margaret Lewis Furse, Sally Lane Johnson, Carolyn Tynes Cowan, Edltti Tanner Broughton, 
Mary Morris Gamble Booth. Seated in chairs: Mary Lanman Brown, Betsey Sawyer Hodges, Bebe Gee Lawes, Jean Probeck Wiant, Pat Halloran Salvadori, Mim Wyse 
Linsky, Sally Bianchi Foster Standing: Mary Dame Stubbs Broad, Ann Peyton Cooper, Jane Tomiinson Myhre, Ann Belser Asher, Achsah Easter Henderson, Jo Gulick 
Grant Louise Moore. Catherine Barker, Fanchon Lewis Jackson. Kay Leroy Wing, Peachey Lillard Manning, Ginger Luscombe Rogers, Mary Walter Berkeley Fergusson, 
Bonnie Loyd Crane, Helen Missires Lorenz, Diana Dent 



through church activities and on the 
tennis court. "She (Wheats) has a 
mean cut on the ball!" Bob and Polly 
visited Candy Greene Satterfield on 
Clearwater Beach. "We had grand 
walks on the beach at sunset." "Small 
world" incident. Polly's church circle 
ordered "wonderful grapefruit cake" 
for their bazaar from a "lady in 
Charlottesville" and she turned out to 
be Libby Ryland Cecil! Libby also 
makes goat's soap and has "a real 
thing about raccoons." As a result of 
the trauma of having to have her 1 5 yr. 
old schnauzer put to sleep, Polly wrote 
an account of the experience for the 
newspaper. "There was such a terrific 
response that I was tempted to start an 
Euthanasia support group." 

Since last fall, Ken and I have 
driven 1000 miles in Sicily. Either they, 
or we, are mad! Then on to Southern 
Italy. Christmas saw us in IL with our 
#2 SBC daughter, Coni, and her family 
along with my 95 year old mother. Feb. 
in Scottsdale, AR — looking for a place 
to light. Spring, down to Richmond to 
see our #1 SBC daughter, Cami, and 
family. Then on to l\IC— still looking! 
Now, after 1 years of sailing, we have 
decided we were big enough kids to 
have a power boat. So we don't have 
to worry about a place to "light", we 
just move the "place" around! But it's 
always nice to come back home. 

I have really enjoyed hearing from 
all of you these past 5 years. I wish 
you all the very best and look forward 
to seeing everyone at REUNION IN 1 991! 



1950 



President 

Jean Probeck Wiant (Mrs. Richard A.), 

2966 Manchester, Shaker Heights, OH 

44122 

Secretary 

Sally Bianchi Foster (Mrs. Robert P., Jr.) 

1 1 9 Park Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044 

Fund Agents 

Joan (Jo) Gulicl( Grant (Mrs. William), 

RFD1,Box43, Lyme, NH 03768 

Ann Belser Asher (Mrs. Norman J.), 

Spring Hill, 5417 Falmouth Road, 

Bethesda,MD 20816 

Look at us here in the 40th Re- 
union photo! We were 30 strong and 
ageless from 15 states and Norway. 
T'was a grand, gay and glorious 
weekend and all participants have 
made their reservations for 1995. If 
you missed it, mark your calendars 
now. Nancy Storey White, in addition 
to creating a scrapbook out of our 
returned questionnaires, (available 
anytime in the SBC alumnae office) 
said it best. "The weekend was so brief; 
some are shorter than others aren't 
they? It made me realize how many of 
our classmates I really never knew.. .at 
reunions we are finally getting better 
acquainted with the rest of our class." 

Groups formed and reformed, 
melded and mixed, circled and coa- 
lesced in every conceivable location: 
Randolph Parlor, an arcade or 2, all 



over the Quad, the dining hall, Babcock 
Auditorium, Elijah Road, the Riding 
Center, the tennis courts, the Book 
Shop, the Museum, the Chapel and 
yes, even the bathrooms. Classmates 
seemed able to instantaneously share 
mutual tragedies and similar joys, 
recounted life's successes and recalled 
special events, all because once, some 
40 years ago, we were together at 
Sweet Briar College. 

Get out your 1950 yearbook and 
open to pages 48-49 for congratula- 
tions are due to the 4 graduates 
pictured there, all of whom attended 
this reunion. (No other page can make 
that statement.) Jean Probeck Wiant, 
our new class president and Betsy 
Sawyer Hodges were accompanied by 
their respective husbands, Dick and 
Allen. (Aside: I cheered on Allen and 
Betsy one week later as they marched 
in the Princeton alumni parade.) Anne 
Peyton Cooper took time out from her 
recent travels, mainly Egypt, to attend 
and Ann Preston Vick enriched our 
impromptu step-sing by knowing all 
the lyrics. As IVIim Wyse Linsky, still 
our song leader, said, "I wrote the 
songs but Presto remembers the 
words!" Mim also wrote and per- 
formed a lovely song of memories at 
the Convocation to commemorate our 
reunion. (See end of notes.) And when 
Lynchburg airport proved less than 
effective after reunion, Mim organized 
the New England groups from several 
classes and brought them safely home 
to harbor. 



Other members of the New 
England contingent were Mary 
Lanman Brown and her husband 
Lewis. Tree spends much time in her 
home state of ME trying to help con- 
serve its natural beauty as well as 
insuring proper use of its resources. 
Bonnie Loyd Crane left her art gallery 
in Boston to join us as did Jo Gulick 
Grant from NH and Diana Dent from 
CT. Di did such a great job as class 
secretary that we tried to give her 
another term. Sadly, as you can see, 
we failed. Di had Joan Dydo, President 
of the Pate Institute for Human Sur- 
vival for lunch the week after reunion. 
This is the organization founded by 
Martha B. and her husband Maurice. 
For more information, write Joan at the 
Institute, Godstow, 30 Putnam Park 
Road, West Redding, CT 06896. A pre- 
reunion get-together was enjoyed by 
Di. Nancy Storey White and B.G. 
Elmore Gilleland in FL. B.G. was 
headed after reunion to lead a group 
through Europe so she does use that 
French major. 

The TX connection featured one of 
our most loyal non-grads, IVIargaret 
Lewis Furse, who also provided the 
class with recognition on the authors 
list in the reunion booklet. Another 
classmate on the authors list was Anne 
Green Nicholson who wrote a cook- 
book. Our other Lewis, Fan Lewis 
Jackson journeyed from Corpus Christi 
while Helen Missires Lorenz skipped 
graduation exercises at Hockaday 
School where she teaches to join the 



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other Paint and Patchers present, 
Peachey Lillard Manning, Pat 
Halloran Salvador! and myself Of 
course we belted out a stirring rendi- 
tion of "We're forever acting dramas..." 
A special thank you to Pat, our former 
class president, for organizing such a 
fine reunion. She journeyed from the 
midwest with Kay Leroy Wing who 
provided us all with classy green and 
pink Class of 1950 visors. We were 
smashing! IVIarv Waller Berkeley 
Fergusson, Ginger Luscombe Rogers, 
Peachey and myself wore them down 
to the tennis courts for some sport. 
(Waller and I won!) 

Several traveled together to re- 
union; Ann Belser Asher and Sally 
Lane Johnson joined us from the 
Washington, DC area while Carolyn 
Tynes Cowan and Edith Tanner 
Broughton drove up from Birmingham. 
Rounding out the Southern band were 
Kitty Barker (great to see her again) 
from TN, Lou Moore who climbed over 
the mountains from Lexington and 
Ackie Easter Henderson who delivered 
a gift horse named Galahad from 
Charlottesville for the SBC stables. 
Galahad was announced at the Convo- 
cation as part of our successful re- 
union pledge, an effort orchestrated by 
2 other Virginians, Mo Gamble Booth 
and Mary Dame Stubbs Broad Con- 
gratulations to these fine fund-finders 
who achieved an outstanding 72% in 
class givers. It was one of the highest 
percentages this year and we all share 
in the pride of such a loyal class. Mary 
Dame, speaking of the fund campaign, 
said. "I enjoyed talking to lots of our 
classmates, many of whom have 
exemplified the triumph of the human 
spirit over adversity. I don't know 
whether our years at SBC gave us the 
wherewithal to deal with trouble or 
those inner resources to draw from in 
tough times, but I like to think our 
education helped." 

Of the 700+ alumnae present, our 
Jane Tomlinson Myre wins the fre- 
quent flier lottery for her trip from 
Norway. On Sunday the chapel service 
was enhanced by choir members, 
Ackie, Jean Probeck Wiant, Jo Gulick 
Grant and Mo. Dr. Milan Hapala spoke 
at a Sunday lecture and Martha von 
Briesen and Jane Belcher were on 
campus while many of us visited Helen 
Mac's Museum. Ah, names from the 
past. 

Now for some present notes 
gleaned from the questionnaires and 
reunion gift postcards. Dotty 
Montague Cholnoky visited Kenya 
accompanied by her children, brothers 
and their wives and children. She has 
moved to a home with a lake view 
within walking distance of Diana Dent. 
Elaine Adams Harrison owns a flying 
company. Dragonfly Enterprises, in 
Fort Pierce, FL for aerial photography 



and the ferrying of antique aircraft. She 
combines mountaineering and 
grandparenting in her spare time. Bebe 
Streeter Smith is the office manager 
for her opthalmologist husband but 
admits, "A masters degree in music is 
not a great help with medical insurance 
forms." Her eldest son Art is an 
agronomist, her middle son Tyler an 
artist and her youngest son Matthew 
an architect. Daughter Polly got mar- 
ried last year. Yvonne Worley Randall 
is the chairwoman of the board of the 
Marietta (GA) Cobb Fine Arts Center. 
She is the mother of 5 married chil- 
dren and her husband Dr. Henry 
Randall practices in Marietta. Her 
daughter Susan is a computer pro- 
grammer, mother of 3 and lives in NJ. 
Her daughter Becky, also mother of 3, 
is a musician in Indianapolis. Henrietta 
Hill Hubbard now possesses 5 grand- 
children, 3 dogs and 1 cat. She reports 
her husband Charles had the part of 
Sissy Spacek's father in The Long 
Walk Home. Diane Dietrich Shepherd 
has 2 wonderful granddaughters in KY 
"who I hope will come to Sweet Briar 
in about 15 years." 

Maggie Craig Sanders moved 
from a large home to her "dream 
cottage" in New Orleans. 12 grandchil- 
dren (Can you top this?) keep her 
busy. Nancy Drake Maggard has 8 
children (Can you top that?) from 18 
yr. old twins to 38, After 24 years as 
an interior decorator, Nancy is working 
on a MA Jane Munnerlyn Carter's 3 
sons all married Atlanta gals. "They 
chose roots," she said, while daughter 
Jane chose "wings" and lives with her 
husband in London. Dolly Clark 
Rasmussen announces the birth of 
grandchild #6, David, the son of 
daughter Cindy. Dolly says of her job, 
"My work in Mrs. Bush's scheduling 
office is satisfying. She is such a good 
influence, I think." It's nice to have 
friends in high places! We have an- 
other judge in the class to join Lou 
Moore Pat Denning Stanford Hunt of 
Chapel Hill, NC is also on the bench. 
Jean Probeck Wiant reports that 
Marian Holmes Davison's first grand- 
child, Marian Adele, was born 1/90. 
Her mother Kathy, Marian's daughter, 
went to Randolph Macon but maybe 
Marian II will come to SBC. Some very 
glamorous photos of Joan Teetor 
Marder. who is planning to move to 
Tucson, AZ part of the year from the 
east coast, are in the scrapbook. 
Daughter Emily is a tax attorney in CA 
while son works at Bankers Trust in 
NYC, children coast to coast. 

Alumnae absent from reunion at 
the last moment included Dotsy Wood 
Lett who made the tough choice to 
attend a wedding in Scotland 6/1 
instead Lola Steele Shepherd's 
husband Wilson's VMI reunion pre- 
ceded SBC's by 3 weeks and thus 



excluded 2 trips east from CA, but Lola 
promises attendance in '95, Slokie 
Kyle Kimpel and Anne McNeer 
Blanken both lost their mothers at this 
time. We thought of you both, Jean 
Yanick Snyder had to finish out the 
school year as a learning disability 
teacher but promises to be retired in 
'95 and be with us. Jean, a MN native, 
also teaches night school and in an 
Afro-American school in the summer. 

I participated in 2 mini-reunions. 
Garland Hunter Davies and I discov- 
ered we each had progeny living in 
greater Philly and got together in April 
for some branchwater and talk. Garland, 
retired from GA State U., enjoys 
gardening and golf, although lament- 
ing that Nick is busier than ever with 
the American College of Physicians. 
This summer I visited Bill Bailey 
Fritzinger and her husband Fritz at 
their mountain top framehouse in 
Weston, VT. After showing all my 
photos of reunion to inspire our 1949- 
50 class president to attend reunion in 
1995, she showed me her magnificent 
gardens from whence she sells pro- 
duce to the local inns when not tend- 
ing the sheep, the pigs, the chicks, the 
pony, etc. Bill's daughter Laurie Muldon 
and her 7 kids (including quads) are in 
the running for a Scott Family tissue 
ad. Keep your eye out for it. 

And keep me on your holiday 
greetings list, please. Stay alive til '95. 
And to inspire you to keep 1995 in 
mind, here is Mim's Reunion song: 
(Tune: Moonlight in Vermont) 

Sweet Briar memories. 
Reaching bacl< for forty years. 
Still fill heart and mind. 

Friends one rarely sees. 
Letters, photos, souvenirs. 
Of days we left behind. 

Background of mountains, framing the 

buildings: 
Carson and Randolph and Reid— 
Once you 're a part of this fantastic 

setting. 
You'll never forget all the lasting 

Pictures such as these— 

The world today just disappears. 

As memories unwind. 

Sweet Briar memories linger in my mind. 



1954 



President 

Mary Jane Roos Fenn (Mrs. Richard W), 

100 La Rue Drive, Huntington, NY 11743 

Secretary 

Bruce Watts Krucke (Mrs. William), 

7352 Toogoodoo Road, Yonges Island, 

SC 29449 

Fund Agent 

Mary Ann Robb Freer (Mrs. Romeo H.), 

8101 Connecticut Avenue, Apt #702N, 

Chevy Chase, MD 20815 

Thanks so much for the wonderful 
response to the double postcard. I was 
overwhelmed! Most of our news is 
weddings, grandchildren, exciting 
trips, and good works. 

Bev Smith Bragg and Bill were in 
China for 3 weeks and in Tiannemin 
Square on the anniversary of the 
uprising. Bev was the cook for a 
summer missionary training camp— a 
labor of love since she rarely cooks at 
home. Ann May Via spent the last 3 
years working on an 1800 house and a 
new barn in Free Union, VA, near 
Charlottesville. Now she's in the 
market for her first horse. Vicky Toof 
Johnson and her son, Drew, were in 
France for 2 weeks with the Inter- 
cultural Student Experiences program 
in which the students pledged to speak 
only French. It was a trip Vicky had as 
a dream for many years. "Sissy" 
Morris Long heaved a sigh of relief 
with the publication of the Memphis 
Symphony league cookbook for which 
she did the historical research and 
writing. She and Bill had a 3 week trip 
to Italy. Bill had open heart surgery in 
May, When Helen Smith Lewis and 
her husband visited Memphis, Sissy, 
Betty Gene Orr Atkinson, and 
"Peaches" Davis Roane had great fun 
showing Helen the sights, Virginia 
"Pony" Bramlett Lowrance had this 
group and Ann White Connell for 
lunch and a mini reunion, Virginia has 
a 2nd home in Memphis and 
"Peaches" has a new home there. 

The Deatons (Ruthie Frye), the 
Teachouts (Ann Collins), and the 
Joneses (Dilly Johnson) raved about 
the wonderful hospitality at the 
Ardsheal House in Scotland, owned 
and operated by Bob and Jane Keating 
Taylor, They visited there together 
right after our 35th reunion, and feel it 
was the highlight of their traveling lives 
with unbelievably superb food and 
service plus the perks of Jane and Bob 
as hosts. The Fryes go to ME in Sept, 
and the Joneses will be with them for a 
week, Dilly and Paul are sailing from 
Southampton to NYC on the QEII while 
he gives a seminar. Barbara Chase 
Webber and Temple have a new 
summer home at Point Clear. She still 



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plays a lot of golf and tennis. Nancy 
Maury Miller won a first place award 
for feature writing in the annual state- 
wide contest of the FL Society of 
Newspaper Editors. Ann "Pinky" 
Walsh Cahouet has been in Pittsburgh 
for 3 years after many years in CA. She 
restored her family home in MD for 
vacations. She sings with a group that 
entertains at retirement homes and 
hospitals 

Mary Jan Rons Fenn, back selling 
real estate after a year's leave of 
absence, is getting a "taste of her own 
medicine" trying to sell their home in 
Huntington so they can build In 
Williamsburg. The family continued 
their tradition of summering on Shelter 
Island and had a Caribbean cruise in 
the spring. Anne Sheffield Hale's 
parents and Lamar Ellis Oglesby's 
mother are in the same retirement 
home. The Hales visited the Walkers 
(Jean Gillespie) at Sea Island and saw 
Dilly and "Weezie" Aubrey McFarland 
on the beach. Weezie had extensive 
surgery for a torn knee. Bradley Hale 
reentered law after a wonderful sab- 
batical in Boston where Anne saw Ruth 
Allen Ham. "Jody ' Nelson Booze 
works full time at the Episcopal Social 
Ministries, developing an antique lamp 
restoring business and leading work- 
shops she designed called "An Inten- 
tional Pause in a Busy Life" (on ways 
to face aging with good cheer, control, 
and confidence). Jo wants us all to 
have living wills. 

Page Croyder DIehl still teaches 
history, geography, and social studies 
in El Paso, but comes East in the sum- 
mers to the old family home, Cragmoor, 
in the mountains of l\IY State. She, like 
many of us, will have an empty nest as 
the youngest goes off to school. It's 
probably hard for those, like Page, 
Meri Hodges Major, and Carole Van 
Tassel Donahue, who have raised the 
children alone, and Faith Rahmer 
Croker, since she was widowed, but 
we love it. I hope they enjoy the 
freedom to think of themselves more — 
do I sound like a 90's woman?! Anne 
Forsythe Timbrel is active with Direct 
Relief International, the Humane Society, 
and her church. She and her mother 
took a trip to San Diego on Amtrak. 
Liz Helms Lawson also went to south- 
ern CA to visit her youngest son. 

Betty Walker Dykes had an excit- 
ing trip to the Galapagos Islands — one 
of my goals in life — and will be in 
France in Sept. Betty's husband died 
just 2 years ago so it's good to see 
she's moving on now. She saw Merrill 
Underwood Barringer last spring. 
Good and bad news from Joan Potter 
BIckel — they had a nice trip to FL in 
the spring and had a wonderful h.s. 
reunion during which she got to show 
off their new house. Then during a 
routine check up the doctor discovered 



some heart irregularities. Joan is 
thoroughly tested, medicated, and 
regulated now. Jerry Driesbach 
Ludeke's whole family, including her 
mother and sister's family went on a 
Caribbean cruise during Jerry and 
John's sabbaticals last spring. They 
were together again for their younger 
son's wedding. 

We have a celebrity in our midst! 
Lady Joan Oram Held! Her husband, 
Bob retired from Shell Oil after 35 
years and became the chairman of 
British Rail, a nationalized system, and 
he was knighted! They will visit the US 
on railway business, so maybe we'll 
get to see Lady Reid. Margaret 
Davison Block is becoming a Garden 
Club of America judge. She's currently 
the show chair for the local club, whose 
members include Lamar Ellis Oglesby 
and Betty Walker Dykes. Margaret was 
Artistic Chair for the 1990 Atlanta 
Flower Show, seen by 45,000 people. 
Lamar and Richard had a fascinating 
trip to Egypt 11/89— she even rode a 
camel. Caroline "Kobo" Chobot 
Garner and Tom have traveled around 
looking for places to retire — they like 
them all! Nancy Hay Mahoney concen- 
trates still on therapy and recovery 
after brain surgery. She's traveled to 
FL and VT and is already back to some 
volunteer work. Mag Andrews Poff is 
still on the reporting staff for Business 
for the Roanoke newspaper. Her 
favorite part is a financial advice 
column In which she answers readers' 
questions. Hattie Hughes Stone works 
part-time for the Pastoral Care Service 
of Northern NJ. She and Dick, who is 
retired and doing consulting, plan a 3- 
week trip to Tuscany and northern 
Italy. The St. Catherine's School's 
Centennial Celebration coincided with 
the 40th reunion of several of our class 
members including Jean Gillespie 
Walker, Joyce Walmsley Wellford, 
Meri Hodges Wellford, Shirley 
Poulson Hooper, and Margaret 
Davison Block. Meri had a wonderful 
trip with Joy Parker Eldredge to 
Venice, Vienna, Florence, Rome, etc. 
Their adventures over the years should 
be a book. Merl's feet are not back to 
par after surgery yet, but she's been 
making her great pickles, having the 
house on tour, and fixing up the house 
to be a Bed & Breakfast, which will 
specialize as a honeymoon suite. It's to 
open in the fall — sounds wonderful! 

Speaking of fixing houses. Sue 
Bassett Finnegan Hornick totally redid 
an older home in Winter Park, FL, 
where she works full time for an 
interior design firm, which operates all 
over the Southeast. She saw Doreen 
Booth Hamilton and Betty Owens 
Benziger at their 40th Madeira 
reunion. Doreen and Peggy Jones 
Steuart are both on the board of the 
Friends of the National Arboretum. 



They had tea at the White House with 
Mrs. Bush! Doreen also works with the 
Nature Conservancy and the Pastoral 
Care Center of their church, Ann 
Collins Teachout and Bill have 2 
exciting trips this year— Japan in July 
and Africa in Oct. I envy them the latter 
since we're sending Kurt with Bill to 
Africa in Sept., while I stay here and 
paint pictures of animals we've seen 
on previous trips. I'm having consider- 
able success with the wildlife pieces — 
anybody need a print of an elephant or 
a leopard? 

Mary Ann Robb Fenn and Romeo 
are travelers to rival Joy Parker 
Eldredge and Charles, with trips to 
Europe, England, Scandinavia, St. 
Thomas, San Diego, Hilton Head, 
Sapphire Valley, and Norfolk. Seeing 
her name In print is supposed to be a 
subtle (or not so) reminder to you of 
the Alumnae Fund. Nancy Moody 
continues to work on horse show rules 
for TX and the ASHA. She bought part 
interest in a young Irish jumper who is 
winning ribbons and some money in 
the northeast . She hopes to come east 
and see him this fall. She went to the 
Equestrian World Championships in 
Stockholm in July and hoped to see 
Mimi Hitchcock Davis and Ray there. 
They read in these notes that she had 
gone to them in Australia, so wrote to 
be sure they didn't miss each other 
this time as they did there. Sally 
Gammon Plummer was thankful for an 
early summer in CO so it didn't snow 
on her daughter's outdoor wedding in 
the mountains. 

Margie Morris Powell works part 
time in customer relations for an 
automobile dealership, but her main 
thing is enjoying her grandchildren. I 
think that's the case with many of us, 
(except ones like me who don't have 
any!) but as you recall, these notes are 
supposed to be about the Alum herself 
and not our children and their fami- 
lies — that's hard for me since that's 
what we all want to write about now. I 
hope you understand. There's always 
an exception — we heard this year (for 
the 1st time since graduation) from 
Page Brydon Leslie. She lives in 
Urbanna, VA and is a public accoun- 
tant. Her 4 children are all grown and 
on their own and she has 5 grandchil- 
dren. Martha "Billy" Isdale Beach 
looks forward to a meeting in '91 in 
Budapest or Prague. It's very exciting 
for their firm, of which she's now 
president, that the environment is so in 
the news. They've been involved in the 
Valdez clean-up. There's a possibility 
of the firm moving to SC, near 
Clemson. I know they'll love it. 

Jeanne Stoddart Barends and Fred 
sold their home of 25 years and moved 
into a condominium. They plan a big 
trip to the Netherlands and Czechoslo- 
vakia in the fall. Page Anderson 



Hungarpillar is president of the 
Savannah Tree Foundation and Chair 
of the Chatham County Tree Commis- 
sion—happy, finally, after 15 years of 
caring about trees that it's now the "in" 
thing. She attended Bush's America 
the Beautiful program in May in DC. 
They bought a farm that they're raising 
trees on and look forward to Jim's 
retirement. I usually see them here in 
Feb. at the Southeastern Wildlife 
Exposition. My show at the Expo this 
year was a success and I have another 
one at a better location for '91 . I'm 
now part owner of a small gallery in 
downtown Charleston — a co-op of 9 
artists that is proving very successful 
for me. I have 10 pieces in print and 
continue to win some nice prizes at 
shows (and, of course, get rejected at 
others). Our house survived Hurricane 
Hugo completely, but the area is still in 
recovery. 

Keep those cards and letters 
coming! And to help my feeble, old 
brain please include your maiden name 
on correspondence. 



1958 



President 

Flo Buchanan Heyward (Mrs. John, Jr.), 

1414 Belmont Drive, Columbia, SC 

29205 

Secretary 

Jane Shipman Kuntz (Mrs. Edward J., 

Jr.), 646 Runnymede Road, Dayton, 

OH 45419 

Fund Agent 

Eleanor Humphreys Schnabel (Mrs. 

H.H.,Jr.), 301 South Lee Street, 

Alexandria, VA 22314 

First, news from the west. Beedy 
Tatlow Ritchie is Director of Special 
Events/Donor Relations for the Ameri- 
can Film Institute in Los Angeles. 
Beedy writes: "I love my job! It is 
outrageous to be having this much 
fun." What a pleasant surprise to hear 
from Katie Epsen Millhiser, Piedmont, 
CA, after years of silence. She sent a 
picture taken when she and Anne 
Lasater Thomas '60 had a reunion In 
Houston this spring. Katie's daughter 
Katherine, a recent graduate of U. of 
Oregon, is also in the picture. Katie's 
other daughter, Amity, is a CPA with 
Price Waterhouse in Zurich. Katie 
teaches and lectures in flower arrang- 
ing and is V.P. of the Piedmont G.C. 
She saw lots of SBC friends at the 
Garden Club of America annual meet- 
ing in NYC in the spring. Ann Plumb 
Duke is enjoying San Diego. Her 
husband is a Navy chaplain at Miramar 
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Betsy Taylor has been very 
contented In Santa Fe, NM since 7/89. 
Betty Rae Sivalls Davis, in IVIidland. 
TX is an ecstatic grandmother. B. Rae 
still works parl-time in her daughter's 
needlepoint shop and enjoys bird- 
watching. She attended the Royal 
School of Needlepoint in London 
recently. Sue Rosson Tejml will move 
to Dallas this fall to rejoin her husband 
and resume her law practice. She 
stayed in Bay City, TX, so that son 
John could finish h.s. John, who will 
attend TX A&M, was V.P. of his class 
and was elected senior class "favorite 
boy." Elaine Schuster, Oklahoma City, 
writes: "It has been a great experience 
representing the alumnae on the Board 
of Overseers (now the Board of 
Directors)... I appreciate even more the 
care and grace with which our profes- 
sors imparted an education to us." 
Joan Cabannis Harrison, in Birming- 
ham, AL enjoys her 3 grandchildren 
ages 4, 2 & 1 . She volunteers and 
travels with her husband Randy. 

It was a pleasure to have a small 
part, along with Eleanor Cain Pope 
and Ethel Green Banta '55 in nominat- 
ing Lynn Crosby Gammill, Mattiesburg, 
Ml to the Garden Club of America as 
an at-large member. She was one of 2 
elected this year and is very deserving 
of this honor. Lynn has been instru- 
mental in establishing and maintaining 
the Crosby Arboretum, founded in her 
father's memory and is also involved in 
many environmental projects. If you 
hear a familiar voice on NPR news- 
casts, particularly ALL THINGS 
CONSIDERED, it is our classmate, 
Knoxville native Ann Taylor. Ann was a 
news correspondent for NBC in NY for 
15 years. She now commutes between 
NYC and Washington, DC. Ann has 
reported on events from the Watergate 
hearings to the wedding of Prince 
Charles and Princess Diana. 

Ironically, I received a card, written 
in Nov., from Margie Richie Toole 
telling of a happy reunion with talented 
songwriter/composer Carol "Bird" 
Hall in NYC. Margie wrote: "We played 
all day and sat up talking all night, just 
like old times; she is so busy with her 
music/writing career. Being with her 
was fabulous!" Then I received a sad 
notice, dated 2/9/90, that Margie had 
died in Atlanta. She is survived by her 
husband Dr. William N. Toole, a son 
Nisbett and a brother, all in the Wash- 
ington, DC area. Margie had a great 
zest for life and we are saddened by 
her untimely death. Our sympathy 
goes out to her entire family. 

Nancy Hawbaker Gilbert and her 
husband Carter spent 5 weeks in late 
1989 in New Zealand where Carter 
attended an Indo-Pacific Fish Confer- 
ence at Victoria Univ. in Wellington. 
Nancy spent another 5 weeks in France 
this summer. She is treasurer for the 



local Friends of the Library which just 
raised $55,000. Governor James 
Blanchard of Ml chose Olivia Benedict 
Maynard as his running mate. Olivia 
headed the Ml Democratic party from 
'79 to '83, and has directed the state's 
office on aging since '83. She has 3 
grown children and lives in Flint. 

In Raleigh, Judy Graham Lewis is 
an oncology nurse and Jim directs 
Christian Social Ministries for the 
Episcopal Diocese of NC. The Lewises 
have 2 1-yr. old grandchildren nearby 
and Judy's parents, Lawrence and 
Mary Bristol Graham '26 moved to a 
retirement home in Raleigh. Judy says 
having 4 generations together is "a 
joy! ". Sandra Elder Harper and Tom 
spend summers away from the heat of 
Burlington, NC, in Chatham, MA, on 
Cape Cod. They look forward to a visit 
from Dana Dewey Woody and Joe in 
Aug. The Harpers spent a delightful 
evening with Jane Oxner Waring and 
Charlie on Kiawah Island, comparing 
horror stories of Hurricane Hugo. 
Betsy McCutcheon Williams works in 
Bill Pope's (as in Eleanor Cain Pope) 
office in Columbia, SC while studying 
for a graduate degree in library 
science. Betsy moved to a "dear little 
old house uptown with lace curtains 
and all" last year. This fall she will have 
a bride, a debutante and a b. school 
student in her family. She says 
Eleanor Cain Pope leads a hectic 
existence as a GCA Zone Chairman. 

Jane Oxner Waring's son Charles 
married Mary Pope Hutson '83 last 
Oct. and the young Warings moved to 
Nairobi, Kenya where Mary Pope is 
assistant to Ambassador Smith 
Hempstone and Charles is a business 
consultant. It really is a small world; 
the Warings are great friends of 
Martha Kuntz Schenck and Don (my 
daughter and son-in-law), also in 
Nairobi, courtesy of Daytonian Kim 
Knox '84. More about that later. The 
Warings' daughter Dede (Princeton 
'83) writes for the Republican National 
Comm. in Washington. DC. (FIRST 
MONDAY is one of her assignments.) 
Laura is a visiting sophomore at U. of 
SC in an honors program. The Warings 
did not have too much damage from 
Hurricane Hugo but Jane is a trustee 
for the Historic Disaster Fund for 
Hugo-damaged historic structures. 
She is also busy with the museum and 
the historical society. Julie Booth 
Perry, Alexandria, VA wrote from her 
summer home at Boothbay Harbor, ME 
where she was enjoying a 3-wk. visit 
from her oldest grandchild, son Army's 
2 year old. Julie will go to Australia in 
Sept. to visit her daughter who married 
an "Aussie" in 1988. She will stay a 
month, then she and Charlie will tour 
Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, 7 
weeks in all. Daughter Robin works for 
a publisher in Washington, DC and 



lives in Alexandria. Eleanor Humphrey 
Schnabel and Hank moved to Alexan- 
dria. VA last year; Hank is now an 
executive with Britches. Hump enjoys 
seeing Julie Booth Perry and Shirley 
Sutliffe Cooper '55 among others 

Molly Archer Payne. Norfolk, VA, 
assured me all Is well with her family. 
She enclosed an article about class- 
mate Betsy Pender Trundle from the 
Virginia Pilot. It seems that Betsy left 
her job as publisher of Port Folio 
Magazine and founded, & is president 
of, the Institute for Youth Preservation. 
Betsy developed a program that "helps 
you age less." Her program provides 
information on sexuality, nutrition, skin 
care, stress management, plastic 
surgery and other subjects of interest 
to women. According to the story, 
Betsy hit 50, saw a psychiatrist, had a 
face lift and lost 25 pounds— and then 
gave birth to the Institute. "She put 
together a board of directors, raised 
$100,000 and launched her new 
business 'like a rocket'." 

Tibby Moore Gardner and Bill and 
Mary Pegram Johnson Campbell and 
David had a grand visit with Mary 
Taylor Swing and Bill, who is Episco- 
pal Bishop of CA. Bill came to Rich- 
mond in the spring to speak at St. 
Catherine's School. Tibby, Mary Pegram, 
Ginny Tyson Lawrence, Molly Archer 
Payne, Diane Chase Monroe and 
Patty Williams Twohy had a delightful 
reunion with Mary Swing and all plan 
to meet in Richmond In Aug. The 
Campbells rented a beautiful villa in 
Bermuda this spring and the Gardners 
joined them there. In Richmond, Joan 
Nelson Bargamin continues as a style 
consultant, a free-lance travel agent 
and a writer for a British news pam- 
phlet; her husband Paul is busy with 
his medical courier business. The 
Bargamins' son Stephen is in Richmond, 
studying for his CPA while doing 
insurance claims litigation and his wife 
Kristy is preparing for her real estate 
license exam and working for a sav- 
ings and loan company. Joan sees 
both Louise Dunham Williams. 
Richmond, and Ann Watkins Custard, 
from Hampton. They love to antique 
together. Louise and Harold Williams' 
son Harold was married on 4/28 to 
Suzanne Yonce; the young Williams 
now live in Atlanta. Harold's god- 
mother Anne Gwinn Fox '57 attended 
the wedding and Jana Portman '82 
was an attendant. 

From Mendham, NJ Ruth Mackie 
Gabay sends news. She and Ken took 
a camera safari to Kenya and Tanzania 
2 years ago and a cruise to AK in the 
summer of '89. Son Mark is complet- 
ing 5 years in the Navy and will attend 
U. of Rochester In the fall in an MBA 
program. Daughter Allison, while 
deciding on a career change, took a 5 
month job as office manager at a guest 



ranch in WY. John, 22, a mechanic, 
has an apartment near his family and 
Matthew, a h.s. sophomore. Is busy 
with soccer. Husband Ken, an IBM 
retiree, is a consultant in the use of 
human factor technology In computer 
softwear. Ruth begins her fourth year 
teaching computer science to 1st-5th 
graders at St. Joseph's School in 
Mendham. Gisela Benecke Odell and 
her whole family had the thrill of 
attending Whitney Odell's graduation 
from Sweet Briar In June. Whitney now 
lives and works In Richmond. Son Jim 
Jr., an attorney, was married 9/89 and 
lives and works In Manhattan. The 
Odells' oldest daughter Fran is married 
to a Northwest Airlines pilot and lives 
outside Minneapolis. They have a son 
K.C., 3, and a daughter Corrine, 2. Gis 
works part-time in a department store; 
she has summers off so she and Jim 
can enjoy their summer home on the 
Jersey shore at Manloken. Gis has 
changed from being a needlepointer to 
a quilter. She produces one a year; 
each of her children has one and she's 
now making them for her grandchil- 
dren. Gis had a call from Sally Byers 
Sugar who was In NYC to visit a son 
who was clerking in a NYC law firm for 
the summer. One daughter is in school 
In Boston and the Sugars have 2 
married children and 2 grandchildren. 
Jack and Sally live in Columbus, OH. 

Hope Sparger Hanbury still works 
for Citibank in the Bank Conversion 
Group of National Systems and Tech- 
nology. She edits and writes a newslet- 
ter. The Bridge, with a circulation of 
8.000. She and husband Harry "await a 
bumper crop of tomatoes— the fruits 
of their Fire Island garden." Adele 
Scott Caruthers. Wellesley, MA, 
continues as an occupational therapist; 
she took up watercolor painting and 
enjoys tennis. In HI. visiting her sister 
Carolyn Scott Arnold '57, she saw 
Kllauea volcano, from the safe side, 
before It erupted. Adele plans a white- 
water rafting trip this summer on the 
Kennebec River with her daughter 
Susanna (22) who lives and goes to 
school in Boston. She also hopes to go 
mountain climbing with son Bruce, 21, 
who lives at home and studies sound 
engineering at a nearby studio. Ina 
Hamilton Hart moved to Kingston, OH 
where she is pastor of a little church 
and acts as chaplain for the Hospice 
Team of Ashtabula County. She is 
learning to cross-country ski in the 
church driveway and adjusting to rural 
life after 26 years in the city. Her sons 
are all fine. Ina says, "My life Is very 
simple; the best thing Is preaching 
every Sunday. The creative process is 
refreshing!" 

Ethel Ogden Burwell and 
Armistead's son, Armlstead, Jr., 
finished his 1 st wonderful year at U.Va. 
Daughter Ethel (SBC '82) is the Area 



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Director for Young Life in Loudon, VA 
and handles the youth worl< for 
Purcellville St. Peter's Episcopal 
Church. Lisa (SBC '84) and her hus- 
band will present the Burwells with 
their 1st grandchild in Sept. Although 
Armistead is retired, he is busy with 
many projects; Ethel is still doing 
adnnissions for University-Liggett 
School in Grosse Pointe, Ml. Ethel 
enjoyed seeing Marian Martin Mealing 
and Julia McCullough Shivers in 
March, as weil as Newell Bryan Tozzar 
'55. She talks to Mary Lane Bryan 
Sullivan from time to time. M.L. 
visited son David in Swaziland, south- 
east Africa where, as a Peace Corps 
volunteer, he works for the ministry of 
finance. The Sullivans spend more 
time on SB campus, hosted by the 
Hapalas, since their daughter Keeley is 
a member of the class of 1 992. M.L. 
and Julia McCullough Shivers had a 
reunion in Clemson, SC when M.L. 
was visiting her parents Wright and 
Ellen Newell Bryan '26. 

Eddie and i have 2 lovely grand- 
children with another due mid-Sept. 
Lee and Bob Eckerman, in Clarksville, 
TN are the proud parents of Scott 
Edward born 4/4/90. We enjoy the 
novelty of a male child in the family! 
Our youngest daughter, Anne, directs 
the Extended Day Program at The 
Miami Valley School and teaches 
kindergarten. She works on her psy- 
chology degree through Capital U's 
adult degree program, and shares her 
apartment with 2 cats. Martha and Don 
Schenck and Katie, now 19 months 
old, moved to Nairobi, Kenya, 11/89. 1 
visited them for 3 weeks this summer. 
Since they will be there until 1 1/92, 1 
hope to go back. I loved seeing Mary 
Pope and Charles Waring; they are a 
delightful couple and Don and Martha 
have enjoyed their friendship. 

I am starting my 2nd year as 
development director of Dayton Opera 
—a very challenging job, with a $1 .3M 
budget to fund! I continue to serve on 
the Vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal 
Church as chairman of the Worship 
and Arts Commission and sing in the 
choir. I am p.r./publicity chair for the 
Garden Club of Dayton. The biggest 
change in Eddie's and my lives is a 3 
month visit from Martha and Katie 
from Africa. Because of health prob- 
lems, Martha has come home to have 
her 2nd baby. If all goes according to 
plan, the Schencks will return in Dec. 
and our whole family — children, 
spouses and grandchildren will spend 
Christmas together in Dayton. 

I want to thank each of you who 
took the time to write. You are a credit 
to Sweet Briar and it is a joy to write 
about all of you! Keep up the good 
work and do stay in touch. 



1962 



President 

Brooke Hamilton Cressall (Mrs. 
Hamilton), 3219 Carden Drive, 
Columbus, GA 31 907 
Secretary 

Kim Patmore Cool (Mrs. Kenneth, Jr.), 
14500 Washington Boulevard, Univer- 
sity Heights, OH 44118 
Fund Agent 

Anne Parker Schmalz (Mrs. Robert N.), 
1 1 Linden Street, New Haven, CT 0651 1 

Well we're no longer at the back of 
the alumnae magazine — our kids are 
graduating and getting married and 
having children — "grandchildren!" 
Careers are starting to peak. Some of 
us are changing careers. Travel is 
increasing. Shades of the GE exhibit at 
Disney World— "Now is the best time 
of our life!" Especially for our new 
bride, Ann Percy— now Mrs. William 
Boulton Dixon Stroud, but still curator 
of drawings at the Philadelphia 
Museum of Art. Ann also acquired 7 
children and 15 grandchildren. I just 
hope she finds time to keep up with 
her own artistic output — I still marvel 
at her designs for our class yearbook. 
Page Nelson Loeser is volunteering 
and housekeeping and very proud of 
daughter Jenny 'who is in her 4th year 
of physical chemistry at Berkeley. Ben 
is in Togo with the Peace Corps and 
Tony is a sr. at Harvard. 

Kate Webb Ragsdale visits one 
son in NY and one in San Francisco 
when she gets a break from her library 
administration job at the U of AL. She 
spent a weekend with Fran Early in 
Red Bank, NJ checking out Fran's new 
house and nearby beach. Douglas 
Dockery Thomas is thrilled to have 
Fran in the neighborhood (well, NY is 
pretty close!). Douglas' son graduated 
from Taft and is at Stanford and she 
looks forward to seeing Mary Lane 
Shine Gregg there. Mary Lane's 
husband Bob is the Stanford chaplain. 
Another NY SBC reunion occurred at 
the Garden Club of America's annual 
meeting which was attended by Ray 
Henley Thompson, Eve Pringle Boyd, 
Winnie Swoyer Phyfe and Anne Allen 
Symonds. Anne saw Mary Lane at her 
son Allen's Stanford graduation. Anne 
is president of her Houston garden 
club. Taft will be chairman of the Asia 
Society and is still on the Boards of Hill 
School and Indian Mountain School. 
His 25th reunion at the Harvard B 
School is this year. Jonathan Symonds 
is a sr. at W&L. Anne also reports that 
Richey Baruch works for Proctor and 
Gamble now that he is graduated from 
Penn. Richey's mom Anne celebrated 
her 49th at the Fiji house at Penn with 
the Fabullous Cruisers from Richmond, 



Ross and Alice Smith, and Ted and 
May Belle Rauch Anne Ritchey 
Baruch's daughter Marcy is a sr. at 
Wittenburg and David is in 8th grade at 
Haverland School where Anne is on the 
board. Nancy Hudler Keuffel's son 
Eric followed his brother Will to 
Princeton. Will was captain of the 
Ultimate Frisbee team at college and 
went to Nationals in Phoenix. Nancy's 
belt and accessory business continues 
to thrive. 

Most of the job changing is in the 
east. Bob and Anne Parker Schmalz 
both got the bug. Bob the lav/yer is at 
theological school and Anne still 
nursing and teaching but in a new 
location. Their 2 daughters are mar- 
ried and son Pete works for Sen. Leahy 
of VT in DC. Nick is at Babson. Mig 
Garrity Sturr and Dixon may move to 
McLean, VA as Dixon takes a new 
position. Mig continues her craft 
classes and is also embarking on a new 
career — wedding color consultant. All 
because she did such a fantastic job 
designing her daughter Sharon's 
wedding last Feb. Her oldest is looking 
at grad schools and youngest at colleges. 

Also sporting a new job is Adele 
Vogel Harrell — now at the Urban 
Institute of D.C. but still doing research 
on drugs, domestic violence and 
related social problems. Her daughter 
Logan, also in DC, works at First 
American Bank and her daughter Glen 
is a staff writer for House Beautiful. 
While at her husband Parker's 30th 
reunion at Princeton she ran into 
WInfred Storey Davis from the class 
of '61 . Judge Lydia Calvert Taylor 
heard from Penny Powell Carmody 
after the article about Lydia appeared 
in the alumnae magazine. Penny is 
Director of Annual Giving for the 
Valentine Museum in Richmond. Lydia 
promises to go to SBC soon to visit 
Jocelyn and Tom Connors. But when 
will she find the time as she is not only 
on the bench, but chairman of a state 
bar committee and in the summer of 
'90 she was faculty advisor to the 
National Judicial College in Reno. Last 
year she was a Fulbright Professor of 
U.S. Law in Chile. 

Down in Hampton Roads, VA Beth 
Johnson Phillips has 3 artistic daugh- 
ters (one a rider at SBC), a son, a boat 
and 232 acres to farm in her free time 
— when she should be painting 
portraits and the like! (Hint from Kim.) 
Her husband still works overtime in 
orthopedics. Lynne Rynders Welch's 
son Bill is president of SPE at U.Va. 
Michael is a sr. at Langley High in 
McLean, VA. Mary Louise Kelly 
Moore's youngest son is a freshman at 
Duke. Lizzie Fleet Wallace sent 3 
sons to U.Va.— Gordon Jr. in the B 
School, Fleet just out, and Scott, a sr. 
Maxwell is a sr. at St. Christopher's in 
Richmond. Anne Bruce Boxley 



Burgess is still with the Loudon Soil 
and Water Conservation District. Her 
son is at VA Tech. But the happiest 
person in VA has to be Jocelyn 
Palmer Connors —what a perfect 
person to have ended up back at SBC. 
She loves her rides to C'ville where she 
is working on a masters in religious 
studies at U.Va. Jocelyn and Tom both 
look forward to our 30th reunion in 
1992 but are even more excited about 
our 50th when their first grandchild— 
Jocelyn Palmer Cassada (born 5/2/90 
to daughter Katherine Connors 
Cassada '86) will graduate. Julie 
Shields still chairs the English dept. at 
the h.s. in C'ville between trips to 
England with her mother— she's back 
from trip #6! Loti Rhett Kennedy has a 
nice empty nest and studies painting 
while continuing her sculpting. She 
had some wonderful trips including 
China before the demonstrations. But 
their pride seems to be the year old 
grandson! 

Dru McEachern Martin suffered 
through Hurricane Hugo with 3 ft. of 
water downstairs and a totally 
destroyed roof. Will is a jr. at Duke, 
sailing competitively and daughter Ellie 
is at Davidson. Peggy Johnson Curtis 
saw Chloe Fort and Brooke Hamilton 
Cressall. After her time in London, 
Peggy bought a design firm in Chatta- 
nooga and works "all the time." 
Margaret got her MFA, Mabs is a 
nanny in Australia now but engaged to 
a young man from Bermuda. Jessica 
wins ribbons and medals in her Special 
Olympics. Sounds like a good bunch! 
Peggy had lunch with Joan Morse in 
L.A. Patsey Carney Reed is selling her 
house in Nashville and deciding 
between school or work. Mary 
Steketee MacDonald sounds like she 
has a good balance — skiing Winter 
Park in Feb., canoeing ME in May and 
working on her own in computer 
applications. By the way anyone with a 
Mac and a modem— call me on Ameri- 
can On-Llne — KCool 1. 

Still farther South, in Toccoa, GA, 
Martha Baum Sikes has become a 
partner in the law firm of McClure, 
Ramsay and Dickerson. Her son, a sr. 
at Harvard, spent the summer as an 
intern in Sen. Sam Nunn's DC office. 
The year before he interned at the 
Sumitomo Bank in Tokyo. Her daugh- 
ter Suzanne is a sophomore at Con- 
verse College. She was in Converse 
London term, then spent the summer 
in the Virgin Islands researching the 
reefs. In Atlanta, Ginger Borah 
Slaughter enjoys her new job with the 
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. 
As Director of Impact Analysis she 
educates donors, hopefully to give 
more! Her son David is in his 2nd year 
at U.Va. Law School. Ann Dismukes 
Shepherd, we hope, has her CPA as 
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Sewanee and just came out in June at 
Columbus. Anne lives near our presi- 
dent Brooke Hamilton Cressall 
Brooke was at the VMI class of '60 
reunion and saw Nancy Fleshman and 
Bo Bowles. MImi Millanderand Mike 
Moss weren't there because they were 
skiing in Washington state. Brooke 
loves teaching English to speakers of 
other languages. Brooke planned a trip 
to Italy and Switzerland and will travel 
most anywhere with any of us any 
summer — just contact her! 

Moving West to Wichita Falls, TX 
Pat Perkins Wolverton's son Alan was 
married 2/90. and her other son, Kirk 
will be at the Univ. of TX grad. bus. 
school this year. Beth plans to cut back 
on her Sustaining work for the J.L. and 
spend more time with her teenage 
daughter Julie. She states that "bank- 
ing is sure different now" that their 
bank is part of Bank One. Petsy 
Pearson Griffin is Director of Client 
Relations for the law firm of Bracewell 
and Patterson In Houston — her 1st job 
in the "private sector". Her son Edward 
works for First City Bank and her 
daughter Anne for the FDIC. Betsy was 
going to Ecuador in July. Jingles 
Street Robinson is still in her home- 
town of San Antonio with her husband. 
Their son Jimie is in Law School at the 
U. of TX after graduating PBK and cum 
laude in English and history from 
Trinity. He already has his masters in 
Chinese history and language from the 
U. of MM. Her daughter, Jingle, studies 
psychology at Trinity. Gwen Welner 
moved "east" to Dallas from CA and 
runs a family business in Fort Worth. 
She is a professional artist too! She 
stays in touch with her closest SBC 
friend, Mary Sturr Stuart in CA. Mary's 
husband Marshall retired after 39 
years in insurance benefits — maybe 
that's why they went twice to HI. 
Another Californian, Juliette Anttiony 
is very involved with the environment, 
working for "Save the Bay" in Santa 
Monica Katherine Crommelin Milton 
is still a prof, of physical anthropology 
at Berkeley. She worked in the Amazon 
Basin of Brazil in Aug. and then was a 
visitor at Duke's Center for Tropical 
Conservation. All this on a 
Guggenheim Fellowship— that's quite 
an honor! 

Here in the midwest I occasionally 
see Nancy Hudler Keuffel and Judy 
Whitacre Snider. Judy enjoys her 
counseling work and a psychotherapy 
group that runs workshops. Judy and 
David now have 3 sailboats. They just 
cruised the North Channel of Lake 
Huron in one. If my daughter Heidi was 
not so nuts about Cleveland, I would 
send her to live on one of Judy's boats 
until she acquires her own. Many boat 
bums in this class. Ken and I hope our 
nephew Larry Klein will be the de- 
fender of the America's Cup. He 



skippers the Christiana syndicate boat 
and won the rolex Yachtsman of the 
Year Award Dan and Virginia Ready 
McKeel returned to St. Louis from a 
50th birthday trip to CA and OR where 
they traced childhood memories and 
visited family. Dan teaches pathology 
at Washington U. School of Medicine. 
Virginia repairs sports cars to fund her 
interest in writing about child and 
family care. Helen Pogue Sanders has 
3 children and is assistant chaplain at 
the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. 

But Susan Rusmeisel Ide should 
be right here in the Cleveland area 
soon as she delivers her son Nick to 
CWRU as a freshman electrical engi- 
neering student. He was the valedicto- 
rian of Tunkhannock Area High School. 
Her daughter Gwen graduated magna 
cum laude from Keystone Jr. College 
and is now at Gannon U. in Erie, PA 
studying to be a physical therapist. 
Susan was tenured at Keystone in 
1990. 

Louis Durham Purvis writes from 
Scotland that her daughter Elizabeth 
works in London for a hotel design 
firm, Emily is the membership secre- 
tary for the Royal Opera at Covent 
Garden and sings jazz in London 
restaurants and Robert finished Oxford 
and will work in London. Louise was in 
"Women of Scotland" and "Women of 
the Year in Great Britain," for setting 
up Prison Fellowships and the National 
Prayer Breakfast in Scotland. Not to be 
left oft the honors list, her husband 
was awarded the CBE (Commander of 
the British Empire) — that's once 
removed from knighthood. Since 
Louise said she would love to see 
some SBC classmates in Scotland, I 
have ordered my tickets! Parry — bring 
Bruce — we'll have dinner again! Yep, 
that's who Ken and I ran into in 
Sydney, Australia, at the Waterfront 
Restaurant on the Quay in March 
1990! Can you imagine the mathemati- 
cal odds of that? I had my trusty 
camera and we got some great pic- 
tures. As you read this, I should have 
sent copies to Bruce and Parry Ellice 
Adam. They did New Zealand first and 
we did Australia first so we exchanged 
tips. It was a very special evening! 
Gladden Adam just graduated from 
SBC last year! Sally Sharrett 
Perryman and Paul were in Australia a 
year ago on a Mazda dealers trip. This 
year they went on a VW dealers cruise 
to Tahiti aboard the Wind Star (the 
computerized sailing vessel). Had 
another G'day from Barbara Sublett 
Guthery who moved her main office to 
Prudential Bache in Austin, built a 
house, and will commute once a 
month back to NJ. She joined the 
board of the U. of TX. Barbara and her 
daughter visited Paris and some 
cousins in St. Emilion last year. 

I still travel the US doing business 



seminars for other needlework shop 
owners and judging figure skating — 
lots of changes in that field (no more 
school figures in the big competi- 
tions!). My business associate and I 
have 3 craft books published this year 
and are working on 1 1 more how-to 
books. We also do needlepoint de- 
signs for the largest hand paint com- 
pany in our field. My father died last 
summer. Ken had a triple bypass in the 
fall and then our super trip to Australia, 
New Zealand and HI. This past year 
had it all! And soon it will be time for 
our 30th at SBC and our VERY 
SPECIAL CLASS remains just as close 
and special even though we have all 
traveled so many different pathways. 
Keep those cards and letters rolling in 
so I can keep my little Mac humming! 



1966 



President 

Nancy Conkle Swann (Mrs. David C ), 

66 Camden Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 

30309 

Secretaries 

Susan Moseley Helm (Mrs. Nelson, 

Jr.), 555 Sunnyside Drive, Louisville, 

KY 40206 

Courtney Stevenson, 5814 Hillburne 

Way, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 

Fund Agent 

Susan Sudduth Dodson, (Mrs. Clay F., 

Jr.), 4811 Garrison Road, Little Rock, 

AR 72211 

Meredith Aldrich completed a 
post-doctoral year at Harvard Grad. 
School of Educ. She is writing papers 
and job hunting. Daughter Mary Jane 
studies Women's History at Chapel 
Hill. Meredith looks forward to reunion 
next spring! Emmy Baker Cleaves is in 
a "career transition period," (Emmy 
says "a.k.a. midlife crisis"), having quit 
as vice-president of a multi-billion $ 
savings and loan 10/89. She is taking 
tests and classes in career develop- 
ment. Daughter Ellen graduated from 
UC/Santa Cruz (Comparative Lit.) and 
son Stephen is a jr. at UC/Santa 
Barbara. Somehow I missed Emmy's 
marriage to Alan Cleaves! 

Judy Baker DeSouza enjoys her 
job with Linden Educational Services, 
which organizes overseas recruiting 
tours for colleges. Judy has been 
assistant tour leader to South America 
and Asia. Son Boiling graduated from 
Tufts, and her younger son is a jr. in 
h s. Kit Baker Sydnor attended SBC's 
graduation to see Abby Patterson 
Shultis's daughter Parker graduated 
"cum laude" (more about that below). 



Dr. Hapala spoke about the changes in 
Europe and the world (Can you imag- 
ine how meaningful they must be for 
him?). Kit had SBC riding students in 
the spring, plus private students, and 
their own zoo! Daughter Jennifer is in 
10th grade at VES in Lynchburg. 
Margot Brown Bucak's husband is 
with Radio Shack, her son is a sr. at 
Cornell (Math/Physics), and her 
daughter is a Princeton sophomore 
(she had Joyce Carol Dates for Cre- 
ative Writing Class!). Margot works full 
time with Foster Manufacturing 
(graphics arts equipment). 

Grade Butler Johnson's husband 
Jo (Jotham) wrote, because Grade is 
"up to her eyeballs with volunteer 
work." Jo is Senior Director of Alumni 
Relations at Rutgers, and is class 
secretary for his own class (Princeton 
'64). Grade is Co-Special Gifts Chair 
for the class of '66, and would love to 
set a new record for reunion giving 
(we'll hear from her, I'm sure). Their 
son Alex is 1 4, and a freshman at 
Deerfield Academy. (He is active in boy 
Scouts, music, drama, and is an 
excellent swimmer). Tom, 12, is also a 
Scout, and plays football, hockey, and 
baseball. In June he was one of 302 jr. 
football players and cheerleaders in the 
nation honored for academics. Daugh- 
ter Sarah, 5, swims competitively. 
Grade and Jo will both be at SBC for 
our reunion (so will my husband — 
bring yours or friend or whatever). 
Tom and Mary Ann Calhoun Farmer's 
daughter Mamie will graduate from 
SBC 5/91. Mamie is V.P. of the sr. 
class, a member of "Earphones" and 
Tau Theta Chi (Thirsty Thursday 
Club!). Daughter Harriet is a jr., spend- 
ing the fall semester in France. "Coon" 
and Tom still have Katherine (13) at 
home, and plan to come to reunion. 

Tia Campbell McMillan works 
part time, and devotes spare hours to 
the arts center, promoting WV artists 
and craftsmen (work she loves). 
Husband Bob is happy In the beer 
business. Daughter Julia is a jr. at 
UNC/Chapel Hill and Andrew a fresh- 
man there. Son Tyler, 14, is still at 
home. Lin Campbell will again teach at 
the NYU Grad. School of Social Work, 
and her therapy practice is fascinating 
and growing. After a long "hope-and- 
wait" period, Lin expects to adopt a 
child soon. Good luck, Lavinia! Our 
class president. Nancy Conkle Swann 
hopes we'll have the best 25th reunion 
attendance yet (we will, won't we?), 
and wants suggestions. Her husband 
David is a banker at First Atlanta, son 
Andrew is in 7th grade at Woodward 
Academy, and Chris (20) spent the 
summer helping in the English Dept. at 
the Woodberry Forest Summer School. 
Nancy loves being a decent at the 
Atlanta Botanical Garden, is on the 
board of Camp Merrie-Woode (NC), 



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and chairs their capital fund drive. 
She's also trying to get the summer 
Olympics in Atlanta in 1996! 
Jeannine Corbett Squires is 

distressed that our 25th conflicts with 
daughter Margaret's graduation from 
the Asheville School. (I fear this will 
happen to several of us. ..if people can't 
come for all of the reunion, try to come 
for part of it!) Jeannine's other daugh- 
ter, Jeanette is a jr. at Middlebury. 
Bunny Cord is in art school part time 
and loves it. She is "staying heme" 
with Stephanie (4) and Ben (2 1/2) 
and thinks them twice as cute now 
that she has another focus. She 
misses some aspects of lawyering, 
"but not a lot." Evie Day Butler's 
middle son Lee graduated in June, and 
planned to spend 6 weeks in England 
on an AFS work program, then enroll 
at Southwest TX. Youngest son Wil- 
liam was excited about Scout camp. 
Geoff, Jr led another NOLS group — in 
the wilds of the WA Cascades. Evie and 
big Geoff went to a Butler family 
reunion in Ml in June, and plan a trip 
to FL in Aug. In between, Evie was 
scheduled for a hysterectomy! Hope it 
went well! 

Joe and Sarah Dean McGill 
celebrated their 25th anniversary in 
June with a bicycle trip in VT! She 
loves teaching science and math to 4th 
through 8th graders at a Catholic 
school in Bedford, IN. Son Bryan is a 
jr., looking at colleges. Daughter 
Andrea graduated last year, volunteers 
at a nursing home, and job hunts! Joe 
enjoys his medical practice, also is 
active in Scouts and community theatre 
(Sarah, too). Makanah Dunham 
Morris's husband Bob began an 
assistant pastorate as a Unitarian 
Universalist Minister in the Philadelphia 
area. Makanah is also a minister, at the 
Wilmington Unitarian Universalist 
Church. Son Jeff, a h.s. freshman, was 
named cross country rookie of the 
year. Sara, who lives in Richmond, will 
skip 8th grade and begin freshman 
year. Makanah and Bob love living in 
the country, in Yorklyn, DE. They hope 
to get to reunion. Marcy Fisher and 
son Rod (2 1/2) moved back to Chevy 
Chase, MD, where she works for a 
consulting firm — and loves everything 
but the long hours. 

Deanie Finch Hampton and Tom 
also celebrated a 25th wedding anni- 
versary — with a trip to the Pacific 
Northwest, which included a cruise of 
the inside passage aboard a 90 foot 
ship. Son Tom attends KS State; 
daughter Julie continues at U. of CA. 
Vi Gravure Patek and Mark have 2 at 
Harvard: freshman Sheila joins jr. 
Sarah! Emily, 10th grade, will enjoy 
being the "only child." Vi is still happy 
teaching, and is writing her own 
curriculum for 3rd yr. Latin! Mark has 
been with IBM for 25 years. 



El Griggs Diemar enclosed a 
picture of her whole family. Son 
Robert is 17, busy with cross country, 
hockey, lacrosse, and the freedom of a 
driver's license. Jack (14) is also a 
hockey player. Thomas (11) is enthu- 
siastic about baseball, hockey and life 
in general. Caroline (8) is into dancing, 
gymnastics, and competitive figure 
skating. Charlie (5) is "very laid back." 
El volunteers at the children's schools 
and is on the board of a new private 
elementary school in inner city Newark. 
She swims and enters an occasional 6 
or 10K race. Husband Bob works for 
Donaldson, Lyskin, Jenrette in NYC. 

Sharon Healy has lived in Berkeley 
for 12 years, having been drawn to the 
Bay Area in the late 60's by "leftist 
politics etc." She manages an all 
womens' medical practice, is a serious 
runner, cyclist, and parent of 2 teen- 
agers, and raises funds for grass roots 
organizations fighting AIDS. Harriette 
Horsey Sturges completed her Mas- 
ters' of Theological Studies at Duke, 
plus 18 hours of graduate French, and 
was ordained a Deacon in the Episco- 
pal Church. She helped start a local 
affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Her 
"wonderfully supportive family" 
includes husband Conrad (who prac- 
tices law, golfs, and fishes) Boyd, who 
is a sr. at Wake Forest (spent a semes- 
ter in London; now looking at law 
schools), and Richard, who worked a 
year after spending a year in Spain and 
graduating from Episcopal h.s. (he is 
now at U. of GA). Harriette's mother 
re-married and her new stepfather is 
fabulous; she also gained 3 new 
sisters! She says she'll see us at the 
25th! 

Jeannie Jackson Exum and family 
live in Kinston, NC, except in summer 
when they migrate to the coast. They 
include husband Joe, a son Jay, a jr. at 
UNC/Chapel Hill, another son Manning, 
a jr. in h.s., and Sallie, 12, who is 
"quite a dancer." Jeannie attended 
Harriette's ordination (see above), as 
did Anna Potter Derby and Marcia Pace 
Lindstrom. She teaches French part- 
time. Another person caught in a 
conflict between a graduation and our 
25th is Pam Jones Brown — one of 
her 4 sons is graduating from Robert 
Louis Stevenson. Pam says they are 
enjoying their new house, after spend- 
ing a year designing it and a year 
building it. Her business expanded 
from European Kitchen design to 
architectural design. The Browns went 
to the NCAA finals to watch UNLV win, 
to Beverly Hills for the Academy 
Awards (met Daniel Day Lewis), spent 
Easter week in Amsterdam for the Van 
Gogh Exhibition and the launching of 
Tom Worrell's (UVa) 158 ft. yacht. 
Then they had a backroads bicycle trip 
through the Napa Valley and a trip to 
AK with all 4 boys. Whew! 



Sally Kalber Fiedler and Jay join 
the empty nesters this fall — Julie 
starts at Claremont McKenna, and Lee 
is a jr. at Duke. Sally plans to cut down 
on volunteering and "accomplish a lot 
at home." Jay maintains a solo Ob/ 
Gyn practice — gruelling — and only 
takes one weekend off a month, but is 
looking for "just the right partner." 
Clare Loyd Davison and Jim's older 
daughter is about to become a driver 
(after frequent practice sessions with 
Jim in the Naval Academy Stadium 
parking lot). They had superb sailing 
this spring. Martha Madden Swanson 
reports "no major changes"— she still 
works at Georgetown and her husband 
at George Mason. Son Michael com- 
pleted his first year at Georgetown. 
Daughter Sarah "endured freshman 
year in h.s." She stopped cheerleading, 
but still runs track, plays soccer and 
dances. Martha really looks forward to 
Reunion, and hopes LOTS of people 
are coming! Me too! 

Anne Mason Curti's daughter 
Elisabeth graduated from New Trier 
h.s. and planned to enter Lafayette 
College (PA). Andrea (16) and Tate 
(1 1 ) are still at home. Anne ran into 
Helen Raney Pinckney on top of Vail 
Mountain last Christmas! Anne also 
planned to see Robin Cutler Maw in 
July. Lee Mackubin Miller's son 
Patrick III finished freshman year at FL 
State. Older daughter Macon had 
chronic mono, syndrome for 8 months 
— Lee said she was pretty sick, but 
things were looking up. Anne Lacy 
happily finished 1st grade. At the 
children's school, Lee is president of 
the Fine Arts Guild, room mother for 
both girls, etc. She is on the board of 
Appleton Family Ministries, an outdoor 
therapeutic center for troubled girls. 

Kalhy Mockett told of a rewarding 
new direction in her life. While helping 
her parents, whose home on St. Croix 
was damaged by Hurricane Hugo, 
Kathy met many Red Cross relief 
workers, and was so impressed that 
on her return to Boston, she took all 
the necessary courses and is now "on 
call" for the MA Bay area! Calls come 
anytime day or night — usually for a fire 
victim and family. Kathy's older daugh- 
ter Alyson was accepted early at Conn. 
Wesleyan, and joins her stepbrother 
Karl, a sr. there. Amanda, 13, played 
Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, and plays 
soccer. Husband John is starting 
another company based on automatic 
speech recognition. Kathy herself is 
still a contract programmer and has 
flexible hours so she can manage the 
Red Cross calls. 

Anne Newton Walther notes that 
the fifth of their 5 children (2 of hers, 3 
of his) is now in college (Trinity in 
Harttord). They are considering start- 
ing a puppy day care center to keep 
their 2 pups company and to "round 



out their professional dance card" 
which includes the American Institute 
of Foreign Study (his) and a career 
development firm (hers). Marcia Pace 
Lindstrom wrote of an extraordinary 
week in June '90 when her son Chris 
Pennewill, Jr, graduated from W&L 
(he will work for NCNB in Tampa), 
Then Marcia and her husband Fred 
took a nostalgic drive across the 
mountains to Amherst, SBC, and on to 
Louisburg, NC, for Harriette Horsey 
Sturges's ordination. Marcia noted that 
the class of '66 was well represented 
(see above), and that the church was 
packed. Harriette's late father had been 
one of Fred's childhood Sunday 
School teachers in Atlanta! Marcia 
enclosed a picture of the SBC group. 

Abby Patterson Shultis's daughter 
Parker won the Alumnae Daughter 
Award at SBC last fall, and graduated 
5/90. Parker is our 1st "second gen- 
eration alumna!" Parker will stay in 
Lynchburg this year, then hopes to do 
grad work at UVA. Abby has a new 
young horse which she rides and 
drives. She still volunteers for the U.S. 
Equestrian Team, and was honored by 
them last Jan. She also teaches Pony 
Club and chairs the Nat'l. Show Jump- 
ing Committee for the U.S. Pony Club. 
Daughter Ashton is a freshman at 
Drew Univ. Abby enjoyed a visit with 
Holly Hemphill Cramerus 1/90. Laura 
Penick Felt looks forward to the 
reunion! In June, she and daughter 
Emily, who had just finished freshman 
year at Stanford, drove from Palo Alto, 
CA, to Washington, DC where Emily 
worked at NIH for the summer. Older 
daughter Elizabeth is a sr. at Tulane. 
Husband Bob still works at Stennis 
Space Center. 

Diana Rediker Slaughter's son 
Hanson is a freshman at UVA, Will is a 
sr. in h.s. Husband Bill has "retired" 
from the AL State Legislature and 
become a political commentator. Diana 
is "still clinging to youth via karate" 
and thinking of pursuing a 2nd degree. 
Wesie Rivers Robb says Big Nat loves 
being the Adjutant General of NC (and 
constantly travels). Wesie travels with 
him and with her job as an AHSA 
steward. Elizabeth finished NC State 
and is a 2nd Lt. in Military Intelligence, 
Nat 111 finished college in Aug., and 
Catherine is spending her Davidson jr. 
year in France. They are still trying to 
resurrect their beach house on 
Sullivan's Island, SC (Hugo again). 
Penny Steketee Sidor looks forward 
to reunion. Her older son Matt started 
Loyola Academy, Jeff is in 6th grade. 
Both boys spend most of their energy 
in sports. Penny and Mike are surviv- 
ing teen-hood somehow! 

Susan Sudduth Dodson's daughter 
Penn is a joy — active in school and 
church, straight A's, etc. They both 
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Class of 70 at Reunion: l-r: seated, front row: Betty McLemore Wtiite. Lawson Calfioun Kelly, Kattiy Cummings Catlin, Fran Griffith Laserson. Betty Rau Sctiewel. Jane 
Gott. Second row: Ann Tedards. Laura Sickman Baksa. Frances Dornette Sctiafer. Debbie Ofiler Bowman. Debbie Jones, Sue Lykes Mueller, Heather Tully Click. Karen 
Hartnett. Barbara Offutt fJlathieson, Jo Shaw Robinson. Third row: Lynn Barr Hoyt. Kathy Waldrop Kerkering. Elsa Jones Forter. Bonnie Palmer McCloskey. Emmy 
Moravec Holt. Betsy Edwards Anderson. Carol Covington Bellonby. Kate Sclech. Mardane Rebentisch !\/lcLemore. Fourth row. back: Katie Harris. Mary Kelley, 
Candace Buker Chang, Elizabeth Smith-Adams, Betty McKee Werlinich, Nia Eldrldge Eaton. 



and planned a 10 day mission trip to 
Haiti in Aug. Susan's business, IVledi- 
cal Office Management systems 
(IVIOMSI) thrives. Sally Van Winkle 
Campbell's son Ward graduated from 
Denison in IVIay. He planned to spend 
ttie summer in Europe before moving 
to N. CA. Husband Tinsley, son Van, 
and Sally hold the fort at home— the 
fort being an unusual house w/hich w/as 
featured in a recent issue of "Louisville 
Magazine". Sally paints and sings and 
"explores new vistas." Anne Ward 
Stern had a serious back injury 7/89 
— now after therapy, orthopedic 
braces, and pillows, and several 
weeks in the Caribbean with her 
younger sister Nathalie, she has 
recovered. She Is riding and playing 
tennis again! Anne's husband Ed 
continues to direct at regional theatres 
in the summer, and she is in her 7th 
year as Development Director at the 
Oak Knoll School. Both boys (Robbie, 
12 and Ward, 8) looked forward to 
camp this summer, 

Penn Wlllets Mullln's son Brennan 
is a freshman at the Univ. of San Diego, 
daughter Hadley is a sophomore in 
h.s., and daughter Lucy a 3rd grader. 
(Lucy is also a part-time farmer — she 
has 9 pets and more on the way!) 



Penn writes textbooks and children's 
books— she even had a teenage 
mystery published last year. She 
completed a 4 year term on the SBC 
Alum. Board, and is still president of 
the San Francisco SBC club. She keeps 
up with Randl Miles Long, Keenan 
Colton Kelsey, and Jane Nelson, and 
hopes to see Susan Sudduth Dodson 
soon. Penn also fly fishes and back 
packs. She plans to be there for our 
25th! Virginia Williams Stanley is a 
paralegal hired as an independent 
contractor, which gives her flexibility. 
Peter is a V.P. at Scott and Stringfellow 
Investment Corp. — he also sings and 
plays his guitar 20 hours a week at a 
local restaurant with son Christopher. 
Christopher performs with a group of 
his own, and hopes to be in music for 
the rest of his life. George is 17, 
president of his jr. class. Jimmy is 15, 
a freshman whose ambition is to win 
the Tour de France! 

Rab Willis Finlay teaches genetics 
at Benedict College, and heads the SC 
Nature Conservancy. She rides and 
gardens and looks forward to seeing 
classmates. She and Kirk went to 
Argentina last spring; the whole family 
also went to Spoleto, Italy, for the 
music festival. Son Kirkman and 



daughter Gwathmey are both at UVa: 
Kirkman a jr. majoring in classics and 
Gwathmey a freshman, having gradu- 
ated from Groton. 

We four Helms perk along. Son 
Pen works for a computer outfit as a 
programmer and manual writer. Ted 
(14) is still growing with his hormone 
treatments— he is averaging about 4" a 
year— twice what they think he would 
have grown without the daily injec- 
tions). He is to enter a different school 
this fall, a magnet program in math 
and science. Nelson has all but retired 
from his law practice, and devotes lots 
of time to environmental causes and 
Planned Parenthood. I still love my p.r. 
job with the Presbyterian Seminary. 

After this, there will be one more 
letter of class news 2/91 . Then we can 
get together again at SBC for our 25th! 
See you there May 31-June 2! 



1970 



President 

Marjorie Rebentisch McLemore (Mrs. 

James L., Ill), 213 Bosley Avenue, 

Suffolk, VA 23434 

Secretary 

Lawson Callioun Kelly (Mrs. Terrence 

M.), 5 Locust Lane, Loudonville, NY 

12211 

Fund Agent 

Tracy Savage. 8724 Wolftrap Road, 

Vienna, VA 22182 

"You're not getting older, you're 
getting better," is a phrase which aptly 
describes the class of 1970. The past 
20 years have allowed a sense of 
compassion and purpose to ripen, 
catching up with the sense of humor 
which we enjoyed at Sweet Briar, as 
you will discover by our news below. 

Lyn Barr Hoyt entertained us 
singing Christmas carols with the 
Sweet Tones at the Reunion. At home, 
she entertains herself nurturing a 
garden and 2 sons with her husband. 
Reed, who is a physiologist for the 
Army. Candace Buker Chang works as 
the program director at a child- 



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guidance clinic wtiile tier 2 children 
play at space cannp in AL. Lawson 
Calhoun Kelly is postponing her mid- 
life crisis so that she can try to step 
into NIa Eldrldge Eaton's shoes. 
Stuart Camblos Rodwell is going to 
England for a 3-week course at Oxford. 
Maggie Cooper Tyner had a fabulous 
cruise to AK with her husband, Mike. 
Jonna Creaser Clarkson is an elemen- 
tary counselor with the Nelson Co. 
Public Schools, as well as a supporter 
of the James River Batteaux Festival. 
Stuart Davenport SImrlll has realized 
that family life can be crazy with an 1 8 
month old, a 7, 14, and 21 year old 
(who is their foster child from Haiti). In 
her spare time, she is finishing a 
program in educational media. Linda 
Edgerton Goslen is moving to Char- 
lotte, NC where her husband, Blake, is 
opening a dermatology practice. Betsy 
Edwards Anderson said she had a great 
time at the Reunion, and she must 
enjoy all the rest of her time for she 
hasn't aged a day since graduation. 

NIa Eldrldge Eaton and her hus- 
band, Gil, are buying an oceanfront 
condo in Bethany Beach, DE, which her 
mother calls "the most expensive dog 
house in the world." Claudia Forman 
Ostrander is a vice-president in real 
estate lending for the WID National 
Bank. She also chairs the Fairfax 
County Employer Child-Care Council. 
Ann Gateley was enticed to move from 
Houston, TX to Albuquerque, MM for 
an internal medicine academic position 
because of the great running weather 
and the nearby mountains. Frances 
Gravely Frankstone is vice-president 
of Vietri, a company founded by 
Frances, her mother, and her sister, 
which imports Italian table-top prod- 
ucts. Mary Beth Halllgan HIbbard is 
an officer of VT's Arthritis Foundation, 
as well as a teacher of Spanish at a ski 
school for Olympic hopefuls. Schuyler 
Gott Herbert is a group manager in 
personal trust at the Mercantile Bank. 
In addition she is the first woman 
chairperson of a United Way commit- 
tee which oversees the spending of 
$47 million. Good news for us all! 
Lorle Harris Amass lives in beautiful 
Denver, CO, and she loves for people 
to contact her when they are in the 
neighborhood. Laura Hawkins Brady 
has one husband, one child, one car, 
one house, and one apartment, and is 
going to Prince Edward Island this 
summer. 

Kristin Herzog is moving to OH to 
become art director for the Dayton 
Daily News. Using our senior class 
melodrama as a springboard, Joanne 
Hicks Robblee starred in Annie in 
Japan. Mary Jane Hipp Brock is the 
secretary of the board of the Big Apple 
Circus, chairman of admissions for the 
Jr. League, and head-volunteer for the 
community service projects at her 



son's school. Susan Holbrook Daly's 

daughter Andrea is going to the Univ. 
of Richmond. Gov. L. Douglas Wilder 
appointed May Humphreys Fox as 
deputy secretary of administration. 
Baird Hunter Campbell rejoices that 
this past year was the first with all 3 
children in the same school. Janet 
Hutchison Karpowicz vacationed in 
Norway and Denmark this June. Both 
Deborah Jones and her husband, John 
Engel, work at the Jefferson Medical 
College. Deb is director of CME. Elsa 
Jones Forter is doing ultrasounds of 
the heart at Beverly Hospital, as well as 
helping her husband campaign. Page 
Kjellstfom just returned from 
Wimbledon. Barbara Lalance Kelly 
will vacation on the Outer Banks of NC. 
Lucy LombardI Evans ran the San 
Diego Marathon without any rest 
stops, but she feels like she needs to 
rest when chasing Morgan (3) and 
Elizabeth (5) around. 

Sydney McCampbell Glass has 
become the best taxi driver in town for 
her 3 children, but is allowed time off 
to visit their farm north of Atlanta on 
weekends. Another famous chauffeur, 
Emmy Moravec Holt, teaches reading 
to children with dyslexia, in addition to 
enjoying life with Bill and their 3 
children. Kim Muller-Thym is alive, 
well, and getting a masters in Applied 
Psychology at the Univ. of Santa 
Monica. Putnam Mundy Eblnger has 
fallen in love with Turkey as part of her 
job as director for the Georgetown 
Univ. Undergraduate School of Foreign 
Service. Julia Northrup is a vice- 
president in the trust dept. of the First 
Interstate Bank in Seattle and hopes 
for more time to ride her horse and 
bicycle. Barbara Offutt Mathleson is 
moving with her family to Ashland, OR 
to a 5-acre farm with 1 00 fruit trees in 
order to teach in the English dept. at 
Southern OR State College. Mary Jo 
Pelree Murphey is involved in Young 
Life, Little League, and getting Mary 
Elizabeth ready to go to Davidson this 
fall. Bonnie Palmer McCloskey is 
fundraising for the Aspen Music 
Festival by planning a Russian picnic 
with Alexander Nefshey's film set to a 
full chorus and orchestra, while her 
eldest son is packing to go to Russia 
as an exchange student. 

Kay Parham PIcha teaches math 
and social studies in her new home- 
town of Randleman, NC. Marcia 
Pollock Ragsdale survived a summer 
of her 15 year old's getting his driver's 
license, running a shop, and fixing up 
a summer home. Mardane Rebentlsch 
McLemore is the environmental 
manager of the waste treatment plants 
in her region, as well as the newly 
elected President of our class of 1970. 
Daisy Quarm is an associate professor 
of sociology at the Univ. of Cincinnati. 
She is doing research on the social 



inequality of women in Cuba. Betty 
Rau Schewel is involved with Habitat 
for Humanity in the Lynchburg area. 
Even though Tracy Savage wasn't able 
to come to Reunion because of her 
work as director of development and 
public relations at the National Cathe- 
dral School in Washington, she was 
unanimously selected as Fund Agent 
for our class for the next 5 years. I 
hope this will scare the rest of you 
who couldn't make it to the Reunion 
into coming in 1995! 

Kate Schlech, who is to be con- 
gratulated on her enthusiastic pertor- 
mance as our past President, is 
moving back to Washington, DC to 
continue her legal work with the DOJ 
Antitrust Division. Lallta Shenoy 
Waterman also is practicing law, but 
also produces grapes for a vineyard 
that she and her law-partner husband 
tend. Pat Swinney Kaufman missed 
the Reunion because she needed to 
attend the opening of a shelter for 33 
homeless families as President of the 
NY Jr. League, which sponsored the 
shelter. Anne Tedards has moved from 
Vienna, Austria, where she performed 
regularly as a soloist, to the Univ. of 
OR, where she teaches. Tauna Urban 
Durand will "R & R" in HI after work- 
ing on her masters in Education. 
Deborah Warren Rommel is learning 
to wallpaper in the TX hill country 
while chasing after 3 children ranging 
from 7 to 13. Last, but not least, Alex 
Weyant DeBruyn is working on a 
manuscript on Dutch intellectual 
history. God bless "you all" until we 
meet again. 



1974 



Presidents 

Liz Thomas Camp (Mrs. Jack T., Jr.), 

1615 Handy Road, Newnan,GA 30263 

Rozzie Ray Spell (Mrs. L Penn, Jr.), 

3158 Mame Drive, N.W., Atlanta, GA 

30305 

Secretary 

Nancy Mortensen Piper (Mrs. 

Christopher W.), 433 South Fairfax 

Street Alexandria, VA 22314 

Fund Agents 

Cynthia Conroy, 3321 Valley Drive, 

Alexandria, VA 22302 

Linda Kemp Couch, 7410 Admiralty 

Drive, Alexandria, VA 22307 

Kristin Amylon Swain and Charlie 
have a new daughter, Sarah Louise 
born 6/20. Sarah's sister, Elizabeth is 
4. Barb Ashton Schiller is back home 
in Tuscaloosa, AL with Christopher (9) 
and Benjamin (6). Her divorce was 
final in Feb. Barb works at the Univ. of 



Alabama in the Records Office.Victoria 
Bates Roy completed her first year at 
the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic 
Medicine. She won a grant to write a 
computer program to help medical 
students learn microbiology. Ellen 
Bass Brady is working from home this 
summer to be with her sons ages 12, 
10 and 8. Jennifer Erickson Smith, her 
husband and "two little English girls" 
visiting America spent 2 days with the 
Bradys in April. Ellen saw Malley 
Cross Kelbaugh and her new husband 
in Richmond 1/89. 

Marcia Brandenburg Martinson 
had a busy year with the rebuilding of 
their church which burned 5/8/89. 
They expect to be in the new meeting- 
house by 12/90. Marcia was on the 
committee designing the interior. 
Marcia and her husband, Terry, led a 
group of 49 through AK in June. Sally 
Brice-O'Hara left AK in '89 for Coast 
Guard H.Q. in Washington, DC and 
holds the rank of Lt. Commander. Sally 
and husband Bob have 2 sons. Chip 
(8) and Brice (6). Bob is also in the 
Coast Guard, assigned to HO. Mary 
Lee Burch Weil had her 3rd child, 
Marissa 12/26/89. She joins brothers 
Grant (8) and Grayson (2). Mary Lee is 
a Carlisle consultant and does church 
work. Teaching French and Spanish 
are on hold. 

Deborah Camalier Walker ex- 
pected their 4th child around 7/4. 
Robin Christian Ryan changed careers 
in Feb. after a year off. She is director 
of annual giving at the Agnes Irwin 
School in Rosemont, PA, which is 
close to home and her sons' school. 
Christian (9) and Stuart (6) are in 
soccer, baseball and Indian Guides. 
Robin is very active with the SBC club 
in Philadelphia and gets back to SBC 
twice a year for alumnae board meet- 
ings. Sally Clary's daughter Alison is 
now in jr. h.s. Sally is an asst. VP for 
federal affairs (i.e. lobbyist) for the 
Alliance of American Insurers. Sally 
and I see each other at the Toast to 
Alexandria, which is a great party 
where many restaurants provide 
"tastes" of food and wine. Jody 
Anderson Wharton '75 was a co- 
chairman of the Toast this year and did 
a great job. 

Bonnie Cochrane Boyd and An- 
drew had a baby, Heather Cochrane 
Boyd, 1/3/90. Bonnie "retired" to take 
care of Heather and loves it. Pamela 
Cogghill Graham had son, Joshua 
Nicholas Graham, Jr. 5/1/90. Mary 
Combs Taylor was married 12/28/88 
to Jack Greer Taylor, Jr. and they had a 
baby girl, Ann Sydney 12/3/89. She 
fixed up half of her garage for an au 
pair. Mary sees Jo Ellen Lenior Blunk 
and Kit Newman Detering. Bonnie 
Chronowski Brophy's son Chris is in 
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was made a 1st VP at Paine Webber. 
Bonnie's Dad married his longtime 
girlfriend, a very tiappy event. In May 
Bonnie had a benign lump removed 
from her left breast found by a 
mammogram— and she urges all of us 
to get a mammogram. Her charismatic 
prayer group is a source of strength 
and peace. 

Cindy Conroy is still a paralegal in 
Washington, DC and travels frequently. 
She plays tennis occasionally with 
Sharon Mangus. Cindy also organized 
a ski trip for her law firm this year. 
Wanda Cronic Howell was president 
of the American Business Women's 
Association (ABWA) this year and was 
a member of the 1 990 Provisional 
class for the Griffin Utility Club, a 
women's service organization. Colleen 
Dee Butterick and her husband. Merle, 
run a Bed & Breakfast, The Hurd 
House Inn, in Wl. Merle was working 
in Richmond for 9 months and their 
house was on the market, but it looks 
like they are going to stay in Wl after 
all. They are proud of the remodeling 
they did. Colleen saw Constance Scott, 
Sandra Taylor Craighead, and Terry 
Stark Tosh in Richmond. She visited 
Ellen Bass Brady in Chesapeake and 
reports that Sophie Sharp was married 
last year. 

Leslie Elbert Hill went with her 
mother to the Berry and Provence 
regions of France. Leslie and David, 
who just had their 15th wedding 
anniversary, love travel. Otherwise you 
will find her at home with sons Justin 
(9), Robert (6) and Mark (2). She 
looks forward to a short trip with 
Susan Stephens Geyer in July to pick 
up their eldest sons from their first 
camp experiences — and she said "yes, 
they are best friends, too!" (Susan said 
the same thing. Wonderful that so 
many of us have kept our good SBC 
friendships together.) In Aug. the two 
families plan a lake trip with all 6 
children. Laurie Epstein worked with 
the Grayslake Community Park District 
in the development of a park on 43 
acres. At her family's property in Lake 
Forest, part will be kept as open space/ 
animal sanctuary. 

Karen Fennell Idema had a busy 
year with Meghan (7) and Jennifer (1 
1/2) and worked on their Victorian 
home, a never ending process. Hus- 
band, Henry's, doctoral thesis will be 
published 9/90. Karen looks forward to 
the opening of her preschool in the fall, 
1990. After leaving CO last fall, Ann 
Florow wintered in VT on her way to 
New Haven, CT. She hopes to work for 
Yale either as a physical therapy 
assistant or in personnel. Fairlie 
Foster Strickland and John await the 
birth of their 3rd child, a son. He will 
join Kathryn (5) and Emily (2). Fairlie 
resigned from teaching a year ago to 
be at home with the family. Andria 



Francis survived the BIG EARTH- 
QUAKE. She was preparing dinner 
when it happened and everything 
started rolling and rocking. Daughter 
Ashleigh is ready for kindergarten and 
Andria is going back to work. Her 
husband, Fred, got another doctor into 
his medical practice and he has never 
been busier. 

Mary Shaw Halsey Marks and Rob 
had their 2nd child, Caroline Shaw 
Ames Marks, who joins Ned, 4. They 
renovated a house in Greenwich, CT 
and finally moved in 7/1 . Mary Shaw is 
taking a 6-month maternity leave from 
her architecture practice. Cyndi Hardy 
McCabe's family left Louisville, KY 1 0/ 
89 when her husband Dave accepted 
the pastorate of First Presbyterian 
Church in Westfield, NY. Cyndi's 
monogramming business moved with 
her and is slowly recovering. In Feb. 
the First Presbyterian Church also 
hired Cyndi as their Christian Educa- 
tion Director. Brian (12), Tiffany (8), 
and Caitlin (3) also keep her busy (she 
used the word "crazy!"). Debbie Hart 
Eiserle sent a picture of her daughter 
Jeannie (now in 4th grade). Debbie has 
brownie troop activities and was the 
room mother for Davey's class this 
year. 

Suki Hearne married William 
Brockie Foster last fall in Dedham, MA. 
Suki is a customer service rep. for 
Digital Equipment Corp. in Burlington. 
She is also active with the Jr. League 
of Boston. Her husband is in advertis- 
ing. Mimi Hill Wilk visited Penelope 
Lagakos Turak and George 6/90 and 
reports their art gallery is incredible! 
Mimi's 2 children are in Canada for the 
summer with their Dad. Lizzie starts K 
this fall and Kenny is in 2nd grade. She 
loves living in Scottsdale, AZ. Debbie 
Hooker Sauer writes, "The Sauer's are 
still in Pittsburgh and doing well." 
Brett (4) and Craig (3) have preschool 
activities and swimming lessons and 
Graham (1) tries to keep up. Jane 
Hutcherson Dunlap is still in the 
Philippines — where she reports there 
is never a dull moment with coups, 
typhoons and earthquakes. She is a 
flight systems analyst on the AF Base. 
Laurance (8) misses the museums in 
D.C. but they will return to the U.S. 7/9. 
Bob is a Lt. Col. and still enjoys flying 
the F-4. 

Kathleen Kavanagh accepted the 
position of Director of Development at 
Vassar College. In Aug. she will 
present a conference on fund-raising 
in Australia. Linda Kemp Couch and 
Steve have the most wonderful house, 
complete with a great art collection 
and gorgeous backyard. She is active 
with the Homeowners Association in 
Villamy, in Alexandria, where she, 
Steve, Newcomb and Nike live. Kemper 
will direct the Homeowners Associa- 
tion next year. Last year she edited the 



newsletter. She is still active with the 
Jr. League of Washington. She shook 
hands with Gorbachev, TWICE!! 

Sarah Johnston Knoblauch an- 
nounced that Evan Haynes was born 
1/7/90, joining siblings Brendan and 
Kelly. Husband, Michael finished his 
MBA in June, and their 12-year house 
project will be complete in Sept. Their 
house is on the "Heights Heritage 
Tour" whose theme this year is "re- 
markable renovations!" Sarah is still 
painting house portraits. Betsy Biggar 
Hellmuth, Connie Abbey and Ellie 
Plowden Boyd coached her welt 
through this last pregnancy. Mary 
Landon Darden is writing her first 
book while her husband. Bob, is 
writing his 8th. Daniel is now 12, 
Rachel 9 and Van 5. Bob still edits The 
Door (Christian Humor Magazine). 
Karin L. Lawson is now Chief of the 
Theater Affairs Division in the Bureau 
of Strategic Programs in the Arms 
Control & Disarmament Agency. 
Alethea Lee hikes a lot. She was asked 
to do part of a quilt for the 1 50th 
anniversary of her church, and also 
does her own art. Terry Lear Evans 
has the summer off from teaching. She 
leased a horse for the summer so she 
and sons Patrick (8) and Jeffery (6) 
can go riding. She was grand cham- 
pion in a recent show and is doing a 
lot of dressage. 

Sharon Mangus is a realtor with 
India Benoit Realty in Old town Alexan- 
dria. She is doing a fabulous job trying 
to sell my historic home in Old Town. 
She plays tennis with Cindy Conroy. 
Her collie puppy, Kira, came to play 
with my collie, Sophie. Sharon bought 
an old farmhouse with lots of land 
(and charm!). She will host a baby 
shower at her house in Sept. for Lisa 
Walker '75 who expects her first in 
Oct Marilynn Marshall Livingston, 
7/89 bought The Second Yard from her 
mother. It leaves very little free time in 
her schedule. Bill is selling his com- 
pany and will look for a new job. 
(I shop at the Second Yard and it is a 
great fabric and interior design shop!) 
Ann Stuart McKie Kling finds niother- 
hood great! Jay will be 2 in Sept She 
was diagnosed in Feb. with early-stage 
breast cancer and had a mastectomy. 
Ann Stuart had lots of help from her 
husband, family and friends. She said 
she is doing very well now. They went 
to southern UT to a working ranch with 
Robin Singleton Cloyd '75 in mid-July 
and then a trip for her and Bill to 
Switzerland in Aug. (partly business). 
Bill's EUTRA skin creme business is 
doing very well 

Edie McRee Whiteman has a new 
job at the Museum of the Confederacy 
in Richmond as director of develop- 
ment and p.r. Mac and Edie enjoy their 
sons Jamie (8) and Alexander (3). Tana 
Meier ParselitI is active in a new 



association called Business for Down- 
town Hartford. She scaled down her 
work in Frank's restaurant to give more 
attention to this project. Tana is also a 
docent at the Welles Shipman Ward 
House. Elaine Mills submitted for 
publication a 600 page manuscript for 
a series on American anthropologist, 
John P. Harrington. This completes 14 
years of work editing his papers for the 
Smithsonian Institution. She has taken 
a break from scholarly pursuits to 
supervise the construction of a new 
deck and fences tor her house in 
Arlington, VA. She also cycles with 
Bob and grows vegetables with the 
help of son Christopher, 4. 

Nancy Nunnelley Foster and her 
husband, Gilbert, work together in a 
packing, shipping and giftwrapping 
business called WRAPS in Nashville, 
TN. Gilbert enjoys birdwatching and 
she enjoys cooking. They also enjoyed 
the Reunion at SBC last May. Marsha 
Phillips Smith announces that Patrick 
Douglas Smith was born 4/11/90. Jim 
is now district manager for CIT Group 
in the Equipment Financing Division, 
specializing in the plastics industry. 
Marsha is busy with Patrick, Emily (5), 
Jim and Agatha (the dog)! Hannah 
Pillsbury is a vice president for Secu- 
rity Pacific Bank in L.A, and having lots 
of fun. She plans a business trip to 
NYC in the fall and Linda Kemp Couch 
plans a party for her in Washington, 
D.C. after her business trip. One sad 
note, Hannah's father passed away. 
The class sends its condolences to the 
Pillsbury family. 

Jane Piper was married to Joseph 
F. Gleason of St. Louis. Sherrie Snead 
McLeRoy was a bridesmaid. The 
Gleasons bought a 2-story 1 930 
Colonial frame house that "looks too 
perfect for words." Ellie Plowden 
Boyd, Doug, and Clayton (3) are 
heading west to Chicago. Doug will be 
regional sales manager for Union 
Carbide's Linde Division. Connie 
Norweb Abbey and Ellie went to their 
20th reunion at Madeira and squeezed 
in some shopping and galleries in D.C. 
Ann Pritchett Van Home reported that 
they sold their house and are staying 
at Woodie's mother's until they find 
another place Betsy Redwine Garner 
and Reg had their 3rd child, Elizabeth 
Marie, 6/20. She joins Dorothea (10) 
and Heyward (8). Betsy has been in 
touch with Alison Irwin, Irene Berich 
and Ann Stuart McKie Kling 

Jan Renne bought a new house in 
Newport Beach. Jan is very involved 
with interior design organizations. She 
is on the Board for ASID and on the 
Orange County Board. Jan's parents 
are celebrating their 50th wedding 
anniversary in Sept. by going to 
Europe. As a surprise for her mother, 
her father is arranging for Jan and her 
brother to meet them in Paris! Pam 



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Reynolds received her MBA 12/89. 
Sally Rebentlsch Randolph and her 

family live in Alexandria, VA. Her 
husband is a realtor. Checka Robbin 
Delle still runs the family deli in 
Hempstead, NY and Paul is an assis- 
tant D.A. for Nassau County. Son 
Paul is 9, daughter Jackie is 7, and 
both are going to soccer camp this 
summer. Betsy Roberts, still in the 
International section of the Federal 
Reserve Board, travels frequently to 
Europe on business and pleasure. 
She will be the vice-treasurer for the 
Jr. League of Washington next year. 

With great sadness I must 
announce we lost one of our class- 
mates. Denlse Robinson Hall passed 
away 3/6/90. 

Jana Sawlckl finished a year as 
associate dean of the College of Arts 
and Humanities at the U. of Maine 
where she is an assoc. prof, of 
philosophy. She returns to teaching 
in the fall. A book of Jana's essays 
on feminism will appear in 1991 from 
Routledge Press. Jana rendezvoused 
with Sarah Clement 75, a lawyer in 
DC. and Georgene Vairo 71, associ- 
ate dean of Fordham Law School, in 
July at Georgene's summer home on 
Long Island. Colleen Shannon 
Robertson and her family are still in 
Darnestown, MD and enjoy seeing 
Sally Rebentlsch Randolph and her 
family. Colleen works part time for a 
conference planning group and 
started her provisional year in the 
D.C. Jr. League. Her son is 7. 

Sherrle Snead McLeRoy spent 
Christmas '89 in Sante Fe, and 2 
weeks in Egypt in Jan. Her partial 
novel manuscript won another 1st 
prize in Tulsa. Sherrie published a 
short biography of the woman about 
whom she is writing her novel. She 
also sold articles to World's Fair. 
Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texoma. 
True West. Texas Highways, Army, 
and Oklahoma Today. She and Bill 
are doing well. Sandra Taylor 
Craighead is involved with the Jr. 
League, serves on the Sweet Briar 
alumnae board, and is president of 
the SBC club of Richmond, VA. 
Sandra will speak at the National 
Corporate Cash Management Confer- 
ence this fall in Anaheim, CA, and 
looks forward to it. 

Liz Thomas Camp and her family, 
Sophia Rose, Jack and Harry, spent 
the summer '89 at Holden Beach, NC 
with Ellle Plowden Boyd and 
Clayton, and Barbara Ashton Schiller 
and her 2 boys, Christopher and 
Benjamin. She will go to the beach 
Aug. '90 with the same group. Mary 
Witt Will came for a weekend 6/1 5 
from Richmond, VA and Barb came 
from Tuscaloosa, AL. They phoned 
"Sweet" fathers to wish them Happy 
Father's Day, Steve Thomas (Paula 



Hollingsworth); Mac Whiteman (Edie 
McRea); Jim Houghton (Nancy Lea): 
and Charles Maxwell (Emory 
Furniss). Daun Thomas Frankland 

had 5 major moves in 7 years, from 
San Diego to Germany. Two years 
ago she opened an antique shop In 
Kensington, MD specializing in early 
19th century Biedermeier furniture. 
She got great publicity and will guest 
curate an exhibition in CA in Aug. 

Meridith Thompson is the 
Lifestyle editor and feature writer for 
The Livingston Enterprise in MT. She 
recently placed 3rd for "Best Feature 
Story" in the Montana Newspaper 
Association's statewide competition! 
Meridith was named to the board of 
"Friends of the Arts." In July she flew 
to Houston to see her good friend, Jo 
Ellen Lenoir Blunk '75 and do some 
"major shopping. Frontier life is great 
but it lacks a Galleria." Helen Travis 
in New York, was laid off from 2 jobs 
and is doing secretarial temp work. 
She helped organize her 20th h.s. 
reunion which went very well. Bonnie 
Jackson, the SBC swimming coach 
and one of Helen's classmates from 
Cold Spring Harbor, was there. After 
5 years at a Huntsville law firm, 
Gabrielle Urbanowitz Wehl changed 
jobs. She is general counsel for a 
data processing firm, DP Associates, 
Inc. and loves it. Now she has rea- 
sonable hours and weekends and her 
son (3) can see her before bedtime. 

Lynn Watson Philpott and I 
traded phone calls but never con- 
nected. Christine Weiss Pfeil's 
daughter, Carolyn Weiss Pfeil 
(Carrie), was born 7/19/89. She joins 
brother Richard Lee Pfeil (Lee), born 
5/29/87. Christine still races her 
sailboat Idleweiss successfully at 
Cleveland Yachting Club. She is on 
the board of the Lake Ridge Academy 
again (3rd term). Our 15th reunion 
inspired Chris to organize her high 
school's 20th for 500 alums. She 
looks forward to a Weiss family 
reunion at the family cottage in Ml 
which will include Cathy Weiss 
Thompson, her husband Todd, 
daughters Suzanne (6) and Leah (4), 
sister Wendy Weiss Smith '71 and 
her husband Gil, and Chris' mother 
along with Chris' family. Ruthie 
Willingham Lentz bought a house. 
She said there is never a dull 
moment, between the brokerage 
business and raising a 9-year-old! 

B.B. WheelockZavel sends 
greetings from CA. She quit her full- 
time job and is sprucing up their 
house. She also works part-time and 
does freelance graphic design. And 
there is always the Jr. League! Last 
summer B.B. and Stephen went East 
and saw lots of SBC'ers including 
Marsha Smith, Karia Bradshaw, 
Sally Clary, TInka Pritchett, Mary 



Killorln, Laurene Sherlock, and Ceci 
Kirby. In April B.B. met Mary Killorln 
in Scottsdale, AZ where they saw 
Mimi Hill. Lee Wilkinson Warren 

received the "Alumnus of the Year" 
award at her children's private 
school. Lee initiated the Jr. Great 
Books program and again coached 
the Lower School forensics team to a 
first place, along with fundraising 
and board duties. This summer she 
is in charge of the Jr. Golf program 
at their club, where her son is an avid 
player. Mary Witt Will saw a lot of 
SBC friends through travel and 
committee work. In Sept., she and 
Fritz were in NYC for the annual 
events for Williams Associates and 
SBC board. In March she skied in 
Utah with Ellle Plowden Boyd and 
her family. Her work at the VA Dept. 
of Health keeps her busy and she 
was chosen to sit on an interagency 
council for children with special 
health needs. 

I still work for Congressman 
McDade, from PA. Katie comes to 
work with me and is in the House of 
Representatives Child Care Center 
(HRCCC). I am also secretary of the 
parents' association for the HRCCC 
(for the 3rd year in a row). People 
magazine came to our house in 
March and followed us around all day 
to show a "typical family with a child 
in a daycare center." It was great fun 
and they took lots of pictures but to 
date the article has never made it into 
an issue (probably never will)! I am 
still on the admissions committee for 
the Jr. League of Washington and 
really enjoy it! My husband Chris is 
working on a contract for the U.S. 
Marshall's office and loves it. We are 
trying to sell our house to buy a 
bigger one. 

I hope to hear from all of you 
again for next year's notes. And I 
hope those who did not write will feel 
motivated to do so next year — or I 
may make something up for you!! 



1978 



President 

Dorothy Lear Mooney, 1 770 Hobart 
Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 
Asst. President 

Lucy Darby Cole (Mrs. Stephen J.), 
4530 Hallmark Drive, Dallas, TX 75229 
Co-Secretaries 

Melanie Brown Steglich, 3619 Cres- 
cent Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205 
Katherine Powell Heller (Mrs. John G), 
1818 Cedar Canyon Drive, N.E., Atlanta, 
GA 30345 
Fund Agents 

Julia Sutherland, 219 S. Payne Street, 
ApL 201, Alexandria, VA 22314 
Lu Litton, P.O. Box 458, Valdese, NC 
28690 

Leslie Anderson Battle volunteers 
at the Miami art museum — The Loeve, 
and is a homeroom mother for daugh- 
ters Bailey (5) and Taylor (3 1/2). Lisa 
Axelberg has been a copy editor in the 
features dept. of the Atlanta Journal 
Constitution since fall '89. Edith Baird 
spent 2 years as a staff archaeologist 
for Engineering Science, Inc. but was 
looking for work since company 
contracts were slowing down. She fills 
her spare time with fishing, canoeing, 
quiltmaking, volunteering for the 
Fairfax Co., VA archaeologist, and 
organizing a condo which she bought 
10/89. Anne Baldwin Mann managed 
to keep up her volunteer work, play 
team tennis, travel, and give birth to 
William Randall, Jr., in late June! His 
sisters Caroline (5) and Elizabeth (3 1/2) 
are thrilled. Anne had a great visit with 
Marl Monahan in NY. Helen Bauer 
Bruckmann spent the past 2 1/2 years 
in a small town in Surrey, England (30 
miles south of London) with husband 
David and twins Ronnie and Meg 
(5 1/2) and William (1 1/2). 

Carol Baugh moved into an inter- 
national sales position with her com- 
pany, Reemay, Inc. Her territory is 
Europe, and she will make 5 or 6 
business trips per year there. She also 
had weekend trips and visits with 
Drusie Hall and Mickie Gupton 
McKelway. Maybe her new golden 
retriever puppy, Tobler, will keep her 
home for a while! 

Barbara Behrens Peck has a new 
addition — Sarah Austen (1). Sarah has 
limited the Pecks' skiing and traveling, 
but they did visit Mary and Bob 
Stewart and Maria Rlxey Camper and 
her new baby girl in Baltimore. Barbara 
saw Marl Monahan and says she looks 
great and rides 4 times a week. 
Barbara still works part time out of her 
home and is designing Scandinavian 
Country by House Beautiful eMot 
JoAnn Barwickand The Natural Shade 
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Quillman sells clothing for "Kelly's 
Kids." Son Travis is in kindergarten and 
Ian in preschool 2 mornings a week. 
She looks forward to a little free time 
to refinlsh the stairs! She had a mini- 
reunion with Meg Richards WIederseim. 
now living in Devon, PA: Mary 
Goodwin Gamper: and Cathy Calello 
Staples 79 and all of their children. 
Mimi often talks to Ginny Craig. 

Melanie Bowen Steglich and Lee 
celebrated their 10th anniversary in 
Aug. She loves life in Dallas and 
especially enjoys the SBC alumnae 
parties where she sees Lucy Darby 
Cole. Melanie reports that Mary Moore 
Garrison had a girl. Jennifer Jane. 
4/5/90. Tracy Bregman wrote from 
Rocky Reef Farm in Stanfordville, NY, 
where she rides, trains, and shows 
horses for the Blodgetts as well as her 
own 2 horses. She takes lessons with 
Lendon Gray 70 since she lives only 
10 mins. away Lee Carollo Plorslch 
"refused to believe that a single Mom 
couldn't buy a home in CA", so she's 
done just that. She and Bobby (8) 
moved into the wine country of 
Rohnert Park, Sonoma Co. (50 miles 
north of San Francisco). Lee left 
teaching a year ago and is an environ- 
mental chemist testing air, soil, and 
water samples from all over the USA. 
She maintains contact with the class- 
room as she also works for the state 
evaluating first year teachers of sci- 
ence. Cathy Cleland lives with her dog 
and 2 cats in Charleston, WV, where 
she is the Health Promotion Services 
Director at the YWCA. She enjoys 
aerobics and swimming and publishing 
their newsletter. 

Carol Cordell Mullins practices 
law full time with the CO Attorney 
General's staff while Charlie (1 1/2) 
attends a wonderful preschool near 
their home. Carol and Keith enjoy life 
with a toddler Cannie Crysler Shafer 
has her hands full with a new family 
member, Blake Bentley, born 10/89 
and also a new job! She has been 
promoted to the head of the Devon 
Campus, a K-6 unit of Episcopal 
Academy where she had been teaching 
and coaching at the Merlon Campus. 
As if that wasn't enough, she did her 
usual summer camp stint — training 
counselors, getting the campus into 
shape, coaching lacrosse, to name a 
few of her duties; supervised daughter 
Francie's (4) camp activities; enrolled 
Francie in Montessori school; and 
moved into a larger house in the fall! 
Lucy Darby Cole visited Janet 
Smalley Todd and family in Atlanta for 
the christening of Jane Smalley Todd, 
Lucy's godchild. Lucy and Steve 
planned to visit Steve's family in the 
U.K. for Christmas. Deb Davison 
Weidner and Doug are still in CA due 
to the success of Doug's business. Bo 
(6) and Whitney (4) enjoy the sun and 



ocean — "true Californians — help!". 
The Weidners visited with Kathy 
Jackson Howe and Robin Jones Eddy 
at a 7/4 party at the Howe's. Deb also 
saw a "very skinny Suzanne Collins 
who is in love." 

Dana Dotten Endacott and Steve 
had a 2 week business vacation to 
Israel where Steve was involved in US 
Navy and Israeli Air Force discussions 
and where they toured some fascinat- 
ing places and were treated like roy- 
alty. Back home in Fallon, l\IV, Dana 
flies C-1 2 transports, and Steve flies 
Navy FA-18's, Dana also began English 
riding lessons. Addy Eshbach gradu- 
ated from law school in June and 
planned a trip to Europe in Aug. 
following the Bar exam. She had a 
surprise visit from Keedie Grones '76 
on July 4 and saw Boston fireworks 
from a Beacon Hill rooftop. Mickie 
Gupton McKelway and Hank had their 
2nd child 2/90— Scott Alexander. 
Mickie has returned to her paralegal 
job at Hunton and Williams. Drusie 
Hall has a new job as manager for 
Nashville City Center Executive Suites. 
She still rides in her spare time and 
has seen Emily Dick McAlister, 
Michelle Tarride Frazier (who was 
visiting Emily for a party) and Anne 
Taylor Quarles Doolittle. Jane 
Hemenway sent her reply card in an 
FBI official business envelope and 
scared me to death. She is a special 
agent in the NY office of the FBI and 
having a blast in that "very stimulat- 
ing" city. She enjoyed showing Mary 
Rhoda '80 the tricks of survival there. 

Kim Hershey Hatcher wrote from 
Easton, MO where husband George is 
president and part owner of Easton 
Ford and Easton Nissan, a family 
business . Her children, Mary Anne 
and George III are 7 and 4. After living 
in Government housing for so long, 
Suse Hudson Fitzgerald enjoys paint- 
ing and wallpapering her OWN 
house— so much that she has started 
a small business in wallpapering. Rus 
loves his job as federal prosecutor, the 
children are healthy and happy, and 
she has found her niche in Roanoke, 
VA Both Eelen Humphrey Gora and 
Elinor Humphrey Comer were preg- 
nant in San Diego when these notes 
went to press. Ee was due in Dec. and 
El in Oct. This will be Ee's third child 
who joins Heather (11) and Sarah (7 1/ 
2). El and husband Stew bought a 
house in her childhood neighborhood 
about 1 mile away from Ee. Stew 
started his residency in pathology at 
the naval hospital in San Diego. Also 
anticipating her firstborn was Betsy 
Hurley Deimel, due 7/15. 

Eve Jackson London is concentrat- 
ing on survival with Mitchell (5 1/2), 
Jack (3), and Ivey (1 1/2). While Roots 
juggles wild and quiet days as a 
cardiothoracic surgeon, Kathy Jackson 



Howe does the same at home with 
Trey (7), Khaki (5), and Jamie (2). She 
also plays team tennis and golf (ignoring 
household chores and bookkeeping), 
teaches Sunday school to 3 year olds, 
and volunteers. She planned a Dec. 
move into a 1940's house (formally 
her cousin's) with a "great mature yard 
that will be trashed by spring." Carey 
Johnson Fleming is a senior consultant 
with a small company which markets 
and administers pre-tax employee 
benefit plans. They are a subsidiary of 
a large French company, and she was 
excited that she and a few others 
purchased part of the company 1/90. 
David (5 1/2) is already a kindergartner! 

Robin Jones Eddy spent the spring 
shopkeeping, tutoring, and looking for 
some good fishing holes with her son 
Stets (5 1/2). Robin sees a lot of her 
neighbor Toni Christian Brown who is 
restoring an old log cabin with her 
husband up in the mountains of 
Highland Co. Nancyellen Keane 
Smithers is General Counsel of 
Albright and Wilson Americas (part of 
Tenneco) and expected a baby boy (to 
be named for Dad) in Aug. Jane 
Lauderdale Armstrong, a full time 
mom to David (2 1/2), is handling 
fundraising and other alumni achvities 
for Westminster Schools in Atlanta. 

Maggie Laurent Gordy is doing 
lots of gardening and mom-stuff and 
taking piano lessons. She and Joe 
drove to Chicago in July with Meg (7) 
and John (3 1/2) to see Susan Negaard 
Birch. Karen Lemon Hassett says the 
twins are in preschool, Megan in 1st 
grade and little Marty close behind. 
Mark is busy with the Pinehurst polo 
team, both on and off the field. He also 
got his hrst polo pony which excited 
the kids. Cindy McKay Frick stays 
home with Kevin (2) and enjoys 
tutoring adult nonreaders with the 
Columbus Literacy Effort. Cathy 
Mellow Goltermann and Chris got a 
double dose of parenthood 2/27/90 
with the birth of twins Catherine Carole 
(Catie) and Christen Mellow! Cathy left 
the friendly skies of TWA but will 
certainly be flying around at home as a 
full-time mom. Both Becky Mulvihill 
McKenna and Ken are completing their 
doctorates in Marriage and Family 
Therapy. (No divorces for Becky's 
household!) Meanwhile, she works 
both part hme at an agency and in 
private practice as a marriage and family 
therapist. Ken is a school counselor 
and also has a part-time private prac- 
tice. Their 3 daughters, Katie (7), 
Maggie (5) and Erin (2 1/2) have been 
dubbed the "Neopolitan sisters"— a 
blonde, a redhead, and a brunette. 

Susan Negaard Birch lives in 
downtown Chicago in a newly pur- 
chased condo 2 blocks from Anne 
Stelle. Susan travels a lot as a product 
manager for Baxter Custom Sterile 



Ophtalmology and ENT products. She 
is a new godmother to her nephew, 
son of Robin Negaard Kerr '81 . Susan 
sees Carey Johnson Fleming quite a 
bit. Katharine Nesbit bought her first 
home, a townhouse in Manassas, VA. 
After working as a contractor for AT&T 
on the FTS2000 (Federal phone sys- 
tem), she became an AT&T employee 
in June and is a systems engineer. 
leke Osinga Scully was an accountant 
for a real estate firm in DC and 
anxiously awaiting the birth of her first 
child in Aug. Husband Mark finished 
his master's in international relations 
and is an actuary in Arlington. Mary 
Page Stewart reports few changes. 
With Ellie (5) and Geordie (2 1/2) life is 
a series of carpools. She started a new 
business — doing pen and ink drawings 
of people's homes to be printed on 
stationery products. Let her know if 
you need her services. 

Julie Pfautz Bodenstab and Mark 
are still in Allentown, PA, with boys 
Philip (8) and Peter (5). They took a 
winter vacation to southern CA to 
celebrate Peter's good health. Lauren 
Place Young and Chris welcomed a 
daughter, Brittany Ludlow, 11/89. Jake 
is now 2 1/2. The Youngs bought a 
house in Maui, HI which they spent all 
winter fixing up. Part of the year they 
still live on Nantucket Island where 
Lauren is a real estate broker and 
Chris is in renovating. Cally-Ann 
Poison Slocum is still vice president 
of marketing for Inova Health System 
and does a lot of domestic traveling. 
She spent 3 wonderful weeks with 
her husband Bill in Germany, Austria, 
and Switzerland. In Aug. she went to 
the wedding of Martha Miller '79 
in Detroit. Hallie Powell Horton 
and Wilmot visited London in the 
spring and enjoyed meeting Camilla 
Parker '83 who is studying with 
Sotheby's. Hallie was delighted with 
the birth of a cousin, Patrick Boisseau 
Watson, 111. son of Nan Cunningham 
Watson '75. 

I, Katharine Powell Heller, am 
happily rooted in the south again. John 
and I bought our first (and maybe last) 
house in Atlanta where John is on the 
staff of the orthopaedic surgery dept. 
at the Emory Clinic. I am doing very 
little illustrating as my time is consumed 
with house repairs, league tennis, our 
local civic association and garden club, 
and Laura (3). I look forward to a Jan. 
trip to Jamaica (reminiscent of a 
Winter term) which will involve some 
scuba diving, and to a spring ski trip to 
CO and possibly a visit with my 
brother in Japan. Missy Powell Adams 
and Ross are still trying to survive 
babies and business. The twins are 3 
now, and Ross's 3-yr,-old business is 
doing very well. Lisanne Purvis 
Davidson and Doug had a boy, Donald 
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NY office of the FDIC, and Doug recently 
completed his MFA in Film at NYU. 

Anne Taylor Quarles Doolittle and 
Bob are still in Nashville where Bob is 
manager of corporate finance at J.C. 
Bradford & Co. and where his son is a 
senior at MBA. His daughter graduated 
from SMU and works for H. Kaufman 
Advertising in DC. Anne Taylor teaches 
9th and 10th grade English at a public 
h.s. Daughter Taylor continues to grow 
physically, but her development is on a 
permanent plateau. Betsy, in kinder- 
garten at Harding Academy, loves 
piano lessons, dancing, and "putting 
on shows". (No doubt, an Ass in the 
making.). Katie Renaud Baldwin had a 
girl, Emily Hiatt, 9/89, and took a year 
off from teaching. She plans to take 
one more year off. Meanwhile, she's 
anything but bored keeping up with 
Emily and Amanda (4 1/2). After living 
on Beacon Hill in Boston where Kevin 
did more training at Mass. Eye and 
Ear, Anne Riordan Flaherty and family 
settled in Wausau, Wl. They have been 
busy with home remodeling and Mary 
(2). Anne is on the board of the YWCA. 
In Boston, she saw lots of Addy Eshbach. 

Nancy Robinson Lindberg is in her 
final year of residency ("at last!") in AL 
where husband Mike finished his 
public health commitment and is an 
assistant clinical professor in internal 
medicine. They will move to Hartford, 
CT in June where Mike will do a 2 year 
geriatrics fellowship (Have you noticed 
that doctors avoid the real world as 
long as possible?) Nancy will look for 
a job with "regular" hours. Sons Andy 
(5) and Timmy (2 1/2) and some 
backyard vegetable gardening have 
kept her busy when she's not at the 
hospital. She had lunch with Cindy 
McKay Frick who was in town for a 
family reunion. Sallle Sexton 
McKinney is still in retailing manage- 
ment and is taking night courses in 
business. She is trying to find Debra 
Karnes '76. Debra, if you're out there, 
contact Sallie. Monica Shaffer Kara, 
executive vice president and partner at 
Biedermann, Kelly and Shaffer in New 
York, was featured in the 11/89 issue 
of Cosmopolitan in an article about 
women in advertising. 

Anne Simonds Lowe and Rick 
have a new daughter, Stephanie Paige. 
Brother Jeffrey (3) loves the baby. The 
Lowes have been involved in Buckner 
Baptist Benevolence's "Shepherding" 
Program by having a young woman 
live with them through her pregnancy 
and the placement of her baby for 
adoption Anne was her L&D coach. 
Rick is still at E-Systems, and Anne 
enjoys being at home full time. 
Cassandra Smith Babbitt returned to 
the US after 3 1/2 years overseas. She 
lives in San Diego with James (9), Ian 
(6 1/2), and Hilary (3) and is a full-time 
mom. Lucy Smith Rogers moved to a 



new house and a new neighborhood 
and loves it. Debbie Snead Shrader is 

asst. to the new president of SBC, Dr. 
Barbara Hill. Husband Tom's law 
practice is thriving. He's a sole practi- 
tioner and loves it. Suzanne Stryker 
Ullrich and family moved back to 
Wilmington, DE where Rick is with 
General Chemicals. He is head of 
engineering and maintenance and is 
excited about cleaning up a very 
neglected chemical plant. Since 
reunion there is a new little Ullrich, 
Edward Stryker (Ned), bom 1 1/88. 
Brothers Alex (9) and Andrew (7) get a 
kick out of Ned. Suzanne finds time for 
league tennis, PTA, garden club 
projects (a home tour raised 30K for 
scholarships), etc. 

Ann Swain Larkum graduated 
from Mary Baldwin College 5/90, 
magna cum laudemXh Distinction. She 
and husband Phil bought an older 
waterfront home which she will reno- 
vate. Ann Thrash Jones reports many 
"stills"— still married to Bob who is 
still an attorney (Jones, Day, Reavis 
and Pogue), still has 2 children Chris 
(9) and Mary Pat (4), still a paralegal 
with Alston and Bird, still living in 
Atlanta, still enjoys backpacking in NC 
with her family, and most importantly, 
still very happy. Cindy Whitley is still 
in Charlottesville attempting to finish 
her master's in archaeology. She is on 
the permanent archaeology staff at 
Monticello. Over the summer they had 
25 students to help excavate a site 
near "the Big House". She plans to 
move to Brazil with her "professor", 
John, in the near future. 

Susan Whitten Williams relocated 
to Columbus, OH with a great promo- 
tion. She is a loan executive with the 
Central Ohio United Way campaign. 
Chris graduated from Upper Arlington 
h.s. last year and now attends Miami 
of Ohio. Diane Wiese Narr and Jerry 
should be proud parents by now. She 
expected their first child in July and 
was working on the nursery. Lisa 
Wray Longino has been busy volun- 
teering and with daughter Fleming 
(3 1/2) who started preschool in the 
fall. They celebrated her husband's 
50th birthday with a 2-week trip to 
Italy in Sept. Ann Yauger is still in 
Summit, NJ in charge of "Events/ 
Communications" for AT&T Computer 
Systems International. She and Claire 
Cartwright Vaughan went to FL last 
Jan. to watch the launching of space 
shuttle Columbia. One of the astro- 
nauts was David Low (W&L '78). 

If you find that some burning 
questions about your classmates have 
not been answered, call them up, write 
them a letter, publicly humiliate them, 
demand a reply card next year! For 
example — Suzanne Collins, what's this 
about being in love? Until next time, 
we await your reply! 



1982 



President 

Brianna Boswell Brown (Mrs. Randall 
C), 4427 Springside Lane, Dallas, TX 
75214 
Secretary 

Jane Dure, 4707 Avenue H, Austin, TX 
78751 
Fund Agent 

Nancy Daugherty Davidson (Mrs. 
Michael J.), 202 Woodbridge Boule- 
vard, ApL 1 1 7, Temple, TX 76504 

Salutations from the great state of 
TX. Thank you for the healthy re- 
sponse; it makes me look good. 

Roberta Perillo has hired on with 
Villa Banfi as a vinum marketing 
manager. The job entails a lot of 
eating, drinking, and traveling to Italy, 
where her boyfriend lives. Heather 
Pirnie Albert had Samantha Lynn in 
Dec. She took the baby and Rebecca 
(6) on a 3-week trip to Indonesia to 
visit her parents. She also went to 
Hong Kong and Singapore. Mike 
stayed in Jacksonville, NC, where he's 
assigned to the Marine base at Camp 
Lejeune for another 3 years. Marie 
Engel Earnhartand Fred moved into a 
new home in Alexandria. They sum- 
mered in Cape Cod and also hosted the 
8th annual Shenandoah River Canoe 
Trip. Charlotte Prassel FitzGerald and 
Andy joined them on the river. Char- 
lotte took baby Cece to San Antonio, 
where they met Lollie Noble. Charlotte 
is now a home executive, taking care 
of Cece, going to Mothers' Circle 
meetings and Bible study, and doing 
accounting for a small advertising co. 
Molly Finney and Molly Johnson 
made the trek to Kensington, MD, to 
see Cece. Molly the former missed the 
canoe trip. Her new job as director of 
conventions and expositions for the 
National Spa and Pool Institute has her 
on the road a lot. She took sailing 
lessons, hoping for a few brawny, 
burly classmates. But, alas, she spent 
several weekends with klutzy duders 
with attitudes. The one bright moment 
in Molly's life was another winning trip 
to the Reno crap tables, where she's 
known as Red. Molly Johnson takes 
care of cat Clarence when Red travels. 
I saw Molly Johnson on CNN earlier 
this year escorting a client in a sensa- 
tional child-custody battle to court. 
She was also spotted backstage at 
Paul McCartney's D.C. concert, as well 
as at his hotel. Molly's mother saw 
Brianna Boswell Brown's husband. 
Randy, on Wheel of Fortune. Brianna 
has the tape of Randy's performance 
and will offer limited viewings. Hannah 
is walking and talking (mostly to Duffy 
the dog). Brianna heard from Jenny 
Rae, who is director for membership 



of the Young Astronaut Council in D.C. 
The council produces space-related 
curricula for more than 600,000 
students. Jenny also works with 
Hexagon, a satirical theater group that 
donates its proceeds to charity — last 
year, $1 20,000 to the Columbia house 
for the Blind. 

After 5 years as a buyer for Macy's, 
Jana Portman opened her own bou- 
tique, JP, at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta. 
Jana goes on buying trips and works 
at the store, which specializes in 
affordable clothing created by young 
American designers. Mary Jones 
graduated first in her class from the 
New England School of Art and Design 
last year and is now working as an 
interior designer for a Boston firm. 
Lisa Blake joined Grubb and Ellis as a 
sales associate in their Boca Raton 
office property division. Jean, Jean, 
the Dancing Machine, and Peter Bryan 
are expecting in Feb. I met them and 
the whole von Schrader clan at the 
Greenbriar at the end of summer. We 
took nature walks, did some 
birdwatching, and took a seminar on 
edible weeds. Jean and Peter have 
settled into their 80-year-old home in 
Chagrin Falls. Jean finished most of 
the redecorating before taking a job as 
a personnel supervisor for Area 
Temps. Peter travels a lot for Capitol 
American Life Insurance in Cleveland. 
Connie Michelle Martinez and Roscoe 
live in Florence, where Connie works 
for an international design consulting 
firm that also is involved in olive oil 
and wine production. She and 
Alessandro plan to marry this decade. 

Polk Green moved to Lynchburg. 
She and partner Duncan Wood, Dr. 
Langley Wood's son, go by the name 
Greenwood, and have played the 
surrounding colleges, including a stint 
at the Bistro. Chris Svoboda '84 took 
Polk's tapes around L.A., and Polk 
says that music producers in Nashville 
are also listening. Karen McLain 
Chiapetta and Donald live in Old 
Greenwich and take care of baby 
Michael. Karen sees a lot of Carol 
Hadley Molnar '83 and visited Diana 
Duffy Waterman '83 in MD, where the 
Chiapetta's may relocate. Libby Lee 
Gantt Castles and Guy still enjoy 
Charleston. Libby Lee assisted in 
coaching the basketball team this year 
at Ashley Hall in addition to teaching 
math. Anne Goebel finished culinary 
school and is now in L.A. running her 
own restaurant in the Wine Country. 
She also races with a women's sailing 
association. Liz Hoskinson writes from 
New York that her job with the Ameri- 
can Horse Shows Association keeps 
her traveling. She still rides and com- 
petes. Liz Kauffman realized her dream 
of owning a sports car — a '71 MGB in 
mint condition. She practices law in 
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that appeared before the U.S. Supreme 
Court. She's thinking of moving to 
New Yorl<. (Call Liz Hoskinson about 
boarding your horse.) Betsy Bell Liles 
works part time for husband Jock at 
Liles Construction. She takes care of 
2-year-old Welch and expects baby #2. 
Gall MIckley married Amar Murthy 
last Oct. Gail is an analyst for American 
Airlines in Dallas-Fort Worth. Amar is 
an account exec, with AMR Corp. 

Gina Parish South gave birth to 
Robert Miles South, Jr., 11/89.Angela 
Averetl Rock had Christine Fairtield in 
May. She, Dan, Daniel (3), and Claire 
(2) had moved back to Fredericksburg, 
where Dan manages the wood-treat- 
ment facility for Chesapeake Corp. 
Angela finished her psychology degree 
in Bethlehem, PA, before moving, and 
she has started the MA program at 
American Univ. Grade Tredweil 
Southall got her MA in history and is 
looking for hire in a nonhistory field. 
She and her boyfriend, Georg, drove to 
NM and AZ this summer to see her 
parents. Returning, they stopped in 
Nashville to see Anne Edwards 
Hansen, who had just finished med 
school, her husband Dave, and their 
daughter, Eleanor. Anne started her 
residency in nuclear medicine and got 
a visit from the stork this fall. Leslie 
Hertz enjoys her job as account execu- 
tive at Ad Enterprise Advertising in 
Cleveland. Her responsibilities in- 
creased to include more artwork and 
copywriting. Her ads run in national 
trade journals. Leslie is active in the 
City Club and Advertising Women of 
Cleveland. Like the rest of us, she did 
not take kindly to turning 30. KImberly 
Brown Noble moved to Sugarland, 
outside Houston, with Tom and chil- 
dren Britton and Nicholas. Kimberly 
and Tom spent their 8th anniversary 
in Philadelphia, where they met with 
Tom's W&L Phi Delt friends. 

Leie Frenzel CasalinI and Tom 
make photographs and raise children. 
Guido (11) plays soccer. Eli (3) is 
learning to swim and play tennis — and 
riding Sweet Pea. Liza Marie (2) is 
known as Mighty Mite at school. Their 
house in Zionsville, IN, is finally 
finished, and they en|oy the peace and 
quiet. Anne Powers Bird, in Ashland, 
VA, outside Richmond, works for the 
family business selling boats. She is 
hosting a Swedish exchange student 
for the school year. Cynthia Shannon 
married Donald Williams, a systems 
programmer with Sovran Financial 
Corp., in July. Cynthia is now a full- 
time mother to James (3) and David 
(5). Rosemary Hardy left her teaching 
position at the CPC psychiatric hospital 
in Kansas City to teach behaviorally 
disturbed children in a public school. 
She is looking for a new house. 

Patti Snodgrass started her new 
job with George Barton Enterprises, a 



p.r. firm in Loudon County, VA in July. 
She was maid of honor for IVIary Ames 
Booker, who married Daniel Sheret in 
VT. Deborah Price Bowman and 
Jeffrey also attended. The Sherefs 
moved to Portland, OR, where Dan 
attends a school in furniture making. 
Mary Ames is looking for work with a 
museum. Debbie reports that Jeffrey's 
job took them to Japan in Jan. And 
that she had such a good year at SEI 
that she and Jeffrey were sent to the 
President's Club in the Dominican 
Rep., during which they took a side 
trip to St. Martin. Lisa Zuke Kline 
moved to Leesburg, where Robert has 
a new job with Dornier Aviation. Ian 
Russell (4) started preschool. Lisa 
spent the summer checking out horse 
flesh in Keenland and Saratoga. 
Rachel Giles Gronsky left her job with 
Boeing after Jonathan was born last 
year. She and Joel are settling into 
their home in Auburn, WA. Rachel 
hopes to keep a horse, but Joel wants 
a boat. Lucie Stephens Holland, in 
Alexandria, is a curator for Robert E. 
Lee's boyhood home. Steven is a 
foreign news editor for Reuters. They 
spent the fall in London, and while 
Steven worked, Lucie saw the sights. 

Andreanna Fiflis Lawson, Eric, 
and their children, Timothy (6), Chris- 
topher (3), and Kayla (1), still live in 
Turku, Finland, where Eric is head 
coach of a team in an American foot- 
ball league Carrie Montague Stanny 
divides her time between the United 
Way, the Historical Society of Western 
PA, and Riding for the Handicapped. 
She and Tom have been skiing at her 
parents home in MT. Sally Shapard 
Peek and Mark celebrated their 4th 
anniversary with the arrival of William 
Anthony. Toni Addison Dixon lives on 
a 74-acre spread outside Okotoks, 
Alberta, happily married and caring for 
Michael (4) and Bobby (2). Toni 
competes in professional rodeo barrel 
racing. She also sells cars out of her 
home and volunteers for the Calgary 
Exhibition and Stampede every July. 

Debbie Rundlett and Dick moved 
to Port Chester, NY, where Debbie 
accepted a call as pastor of the Pres- 
byterian church. Carol Searles Bohrer 
attended her ordination in New York. 
Dick works on his postgraduate degree 
at Pnnceton, and Debbie started on her 
doctorate of ministry at Wesley Theo- 
logical Seminary in DC. She will spend 
4 weeks a year on campus, which will 
allow her to catch up with Carol, 
Valerie Youree, and Ann Morton 
Young Habliston Carol writes that 
Jason is in his last year at Darden. She 
travels around VA as an account exec 
for United Guaranty Mortgage Insur- 
ance. Carol covers all mortgage lend- 
ers. Ann Morton was due in late 
August. She spent New Year's with 
Kelly Judson Jenkins, Carol and 



Jason, and Valerie Youree. Kelly and 
Paul moved to CA. Beth Sheets Reed 
visited Ann Morton in Alexandria. They 
spent the time in awe of Beth's 
children, Kate (4) and Michael (2), and 
Ann Morton's Caroline (2): As Ann 
Morton says, "A far cry from our 
Manson days." Lisa Church is in her 
2nd year of law school in San Fran- 
cisco. She works at a family law firm in 
the city, commuting by terry from her 
home in Sausalito. Sylvia Hossain is 
finishing her second MS in Engineer- 
ing Science. Her research in semicon- 
ductor processing is going well, but 
she decided to job-hunt instead of 
going for a Ph.D. 

Polly Clarkson Stein put on last 
year's Antiques Show and Sale 
benefitting the children's hospital in 
Jacksonville, FL. Her 2 boys, Blakely 
(4) and Ted (2), occupy most of her 
time. Lee Watson was promoted to 
associate editor at Harper Collins 
(Harper & Row) in NY, but she has 
thoughts of moving home to GA. She, 
Kelly Yeadon '81 and Kelly's sister 
Sloane '84 met in Philadelphia and NY. 
Lee would like to hear from Mimi 
Evans. Alice Dixon found it hot and 
humid in Richmond this summer and 
installed new plumbing in her house. 
Peggy O'Neill lives in Newport Beach. 
She asked if I remembered trashing 
her room freshman year. I distinctly 
recall that the culprit was Katharine 
Holdship Jones No news from Katie 
this year. I heard from her in March, 
but I can't be expected to remember 
that far back, can I, Katie? My fellow 
Austinites Liz Richardson Cook and 
Sean had a delightful summer. Sean 
and I played golf, and Liz made dinner. 
Liz is trying to steal my sweepstakes 
money since Sean and I haven't won 
anything on the golf tour. Feline 
Blanche Doobwa recovered from 
losing a hind leg to bone cancer. 

Sally Davis Daniels is expecting. 
She's starting a personalized stationery 
and invitation business, and went to 
the National Stationery Trade Show in 
NY with sister Molly '81 . She's busy 
with the Junior League and Garden 
Club in Greenville, SC, where Mark is 
in the chemical business. And she 
takes bridge lessons and tends Robert 
(2). Danielle Bielenstein took a 2- 
week cruise in June up the Norwegian 
fjords and into the Arctic Circle — her 
only break from research at the 
Smithsonian, where she analyzes 
human skeletonized forensic cases. 
Naomi Weyand Smith and Scott 
moved to Atlanta, where Scott joined a 
law firm. Naomi is taking a break from 
lawyering to remodel the new house 
and take care of Harrison (1), She says 
howdy to Nancy Daugherty Davidson 
and Mike. But they have left Howdyville 
for D.C., where Mike joined the Army 
lihgation division. Dirt was sad to leave 



the land of rattlers and Aggies, but 
she's ready to attend a third school in 
search of her MA, and she expects in 
Feb. Rhoda Harris is still in New York. 
She was promoted to vice president at 
Paine Webber Properties. Beth 
Engelsmann Flanigan and Peter 
expected in Aug. Drew (5) started 
kindergarten. 

Rachel Millrood Perlman and 
David had Sophia Brook in May. 
Pamela Walsh Warren and Thomas 
moved to Falmouth, Cape Cod. Pamela 
is a community public health nurse 
with Central Cape Cod Visiting Nurse 
Assoc Wendi Brunell Plenge, Steven, 
and Sharsten (3) spent the year 
traveling, mostly to the East Coast. 
Wendi spent 2 weeks in Sept. in 
Zurich, the South of France, and Paris 
with friends. She reports that her 
godson. Gay Kenney Young's 
Alexander, is wonderful. Jennifer Hebb 
LaRose is a real estate paralegal part 
time at Cigna. Keith goes to night 
school for his master's in economics. 
Molly (2) talks up a storm. Betsy 
Townsend Smith and David had 
Elizabeth Townsend this year, and 
Betsy took a leave of absence from her 
job as a project manager with a com- 
puter software company. She sees a 
lot of Lou Shore Winship Lynn Martin 
is in her 8th year as a flight attendant 
with American Airlines. She bumped 
into Molly Finney on one of her flights. 
She's based in Dallas, where she is 
happy, single and doing catering work. 

Nancy Trimble was promoted to 
Lead Equipment Administrator for 
printing systems asset control at 
Xerox. She got engaged on Earth Day 
(for you polluters, that was 4/22). Her 
intended was a paramedic with the 
Navy and now attends St. Mary's 
College in MD. They spend a lot of 
time at Breton Bay training Amber the 
lab and playing golf. Martha Tisdale 
Cordell and David vacationed in St. 
Martin after Martha orchestrated the 
graduation ceremonies at the college 
of law in Tulsa. They attended the 
wedding of Heather Davenport '87 in 
Mer Rouge, LA, where Martha met 
many younger alumni. Picasso the 
used cat is growing some hair. Chelsea 
enjoyed the dog days in her baby pool. 
Patricia Whelan Schenck, Dr. Bob, 
Lillian Jane, and Augustus moved to 
San Antonio. Patty, I hope I've 
returned your call by now. Many 
apologies. I have been so busy watch- 
ing the Mets via ESPN, fighting a ninja 
spider invasion, entering sweepstakes, 
picking fleas off Betty, and traveling to 
von Schrader reunions. Texas Monthly. 
where I am a serf, won two National 
Magazine Awards this year, and I 
expect all of ya'll to get a subscriphon 
or advertise. 

Please note: Our class project is 
the sale of SBC alumnae car decals. 



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Spread the word. Also, we are prepar- 
ing a video for our 10th reunion. We 
need your personal videos, old and 
recent photos, and suggestions. Please 
send me. Dirt, or Brianna. whatever 
you have. 

One last note: Nancy Loeffler was 
killed in May by a drunk driver. We will 
miss her. 



1986 



President 

Rushton Haskell, 4971 Wloven Road, 

Jacksonville, FL 32210 

Secretary 

Deanne Dawson, 9622 Blincoe Court, 

Burke, VA 22015 

Fund Agent 

Beth Ann Trapold, 8350 Greensboro 

Drive, McLean, VA 22102 

It's been one heck of a year for us 
again. We've had lots of weddings, 
births, career opportunities and travel 
and it was great to hear from so many 
of you! Desiree Petrus graduated from 
Ohio Northern Univ. School of Law and 
practices real estate and property law 
at Bigi & Associates in Charleroi, PA. 
Jessica Slnnott passed the VA Bar 
Exam and practices patent law at Mobil 
Oil Corp. in Fairfax, VA. She bought an 
old farmhouse in Middleburg, VA and 
rides often. Alison Kohlhepp also 
works on her law degree at the Univ. of 
Richmond and looks forward to her 
3rd year. She sees Jenny Crossland 
often. IVIichelle Millar Haddad and 
husband of 3 years, Saam, had daughter 
Ariana 2/90. Michelle visited Lisa 
Miller Shakoor and husband Mahmud 
and their daughter Sara in Ventura, CA 
in the summer. She completed her 2nd 
rewarding year of teaching Spanish 
and English ESL (English as a Second 
Language) at Round Rock High School 
grades 9-12. 

Rebecca Young lives in Rosslyn, 
VA and is a registered nurse at 
Georgetown Univ. Hospital. Minshall 
Bridgers runs a wholesale gourmet 
food business. Palatable Temptations, 
in Wilson, NC; they specialize in 
gourmet relishes and pickles. Louanne 
Woody still enjoys teaching math and 
getting to know her students at 
Brookville High School in Lynchburg. 
Elizabeth Lindsey Locke and husband 
Ken are still in Perkasie. PA and 
Elizabeth is in her 3rd year as a Refer- 
ence and Young Adult Librarian in a 
public library. Donna Prommas 
teaches French at San Diego State 
Univ. as she finishes her master's In 
French. Cornelia Woodworth is still 



"building missiles" for Raytheon Co. in 
Boston. She visited with Melinda 
Phillips Waterbury and Susan Carr 
Nichol. Melissa Davison attends UNC- 
Asheviile as a post grad in the teacher 
certification program. She says hello to 
Shappy Donnelly and Evie Newell. 
Shappy married a fellow teacher but 
details are scarce. Shap, fill us in! 

Melissa Halstead-White and 
husband Thomas settled in Richmond. 
Melissa finished her first year of 
practicing law in the area of mass 
products liability defense and enjoys it 
tremendously. They enjoyed seeing 
many old friends at Karole Boggs 
wedding. Karole married Richard Allen 
Johns 6/16 at Marshfield, MA. Melissa 
was her matron-of-honor and Liz 
Maraffi and Vikki Schroeder '87 were 
bridesmaids. Karole and Richard 
bought Karole's parents house and live 
in Marshfield. Harriette Cooper mar- 
ried Mark Liederbach 5/26/90. Both 
work for Campus Crusade for Christ. 
Harriette became associate campus 
director at West Va. Univ. last year. 
Starr Hollis Waldron and husband 
Archie still live at Sweet Briar where 
Starr is studying for her CPA after 
completing an accounting degree at 
Lynchburg College. She is in touch 
with Piper VanDoorn Godbee and 
husband John in St. Petersburg, FL. 

Nancy Palermo graduated from 
med. school and will do her residency 
in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Norfolk 
at Eastern Va. Medical School. Pattye 
Cole Monroe, husband William 
(W&L'86) and Elizabeth Gann (1 1/2) 
live in Athens, GA where William is 
getting his masters in landscape 
design and Pattye is busy with the 
baby and volunteering. Anne Toxey, in 
Paris since 5/89, is an architectural 
consultant to Euro-Disney. She spent 
the summer at an archeological dig in 
Southern Italy sketching Greek arti- 
facts. Jennifer Frost Holden and 
husband Rupert chase after daughter 
Hannah and await the arrival of baby 
Holden #2 due in Nov.! They see a lot 
of Missy Duggins and Meme 
Bouleware Hobbs. Meme married 
David Hobbs (HSC'86) 6/90 and had a 
great SBC turnout. Memo's old room- 
mate Elizabeth Sheehan Hamrick had 
gotten married 3 weeks earlier to 
Jamie Hamrick {H-SC'88) and both 
Meme and her husband David were in 
that wedding! Meme writes that Ann 
Souder is engaged. 

Ashley Simmons Bright and 
husband Edgar returned to New 
Orleans from Boulder, CO and bought 
a house in the Garden District. Ashley 
enjoyed house hunting so much that 
she entered commercial real estate. 
She enjoys seeing Bella Viguerie and 
writes that Bella was getting married to 
Kevin Lamb late this year and will 
move to Boston. Holly McGovern does 



p.r. and fundraising for the National 
Republican Institute for International 
Affairs in DC. She recently went to 
Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Romania 
to observe their elections. She also 
married Ralph Barbar in Oct. Ann 
Bruce Faircloth lives in Pawley's 
Island, SC and directs communications 
for Prestwick Golf Club. Karen Gonya 
Nickles and husband Lance expect 
their first child in Jan. Karen is still at 
the School for Contemporary Educa- 
tion and is finishing her master's at 
Loyola College. They moved into a new 
home and added a Siberian Husky 
puppy, "Sierra," to their family. Beth 
Conner Pace and husband Pat are 
settling into a new home. Beth enjoys 
directing the alumni and development 
program at St. Joseph's Academy in 
Brownsville. Debby Klepac got mar- 
ried 9/29 and works on her teacher 
certification. Rushton Haskell is 
pursuing a professional career in 
triathalons and hopes to go to the 
1 992 Olympics. She qualified for the 
World Championships. 

Kaky Connors Cassada and hus- 
band Garland had a daughter, Jocelyn 
Palmer, 5/2. Jocelyn has already seen 
Sweet Briar and loves it, of course. 
Kaky sees a lot of Kay Redmond 
league and husband Jensie who 
moved to Charlotte. Drusilla Davis 
married Joseph Anthony Fadus in 
Tuscaloosa. Christine Navratll was a 
bridesmaid. Dru and Joe are happy 
homeowners in Marietta. Christine was 
also married this past Oct. She works 
in commercial real estate and land 
development in OH. Mariah Smith 
married Stephen Malik 5/12 and lives 
in Greenville, SC. Among the brides- 
maids were: Catherine Callender 
Sauls, McKenzie Reed, Carol Dickson 
and Alyson Carey. Catherine recently 
celebrated her first anniversary of 
marriage to Rolfe Sauls and works in 
accounting and lease administration 
for Trammel! Crow Company, a real 
estate developer in Northern VA. She 
works on her masters in education at 
Marymount U. McKenzie Reed still 
models with the Ford Agency in NYC. 
She is featured in the Fall '90 Speigel 
catalog. McKenzie is pursuing paint- 
ing/watercolor, and p.r. and video 
editing classes, hoping to produce 
fashion videos. She began her provi- 
sional year with the NY Jr. League. 
Carol Dickson was in real estate in 
Tampa but moved to Washington, DC 
to get her masters in art history at 
American Univ. 

Bynnie Bailey married Christopher 
Orchard 6/16 in Amherst. Bynnie had 
met him during her Jr. Year at Royal 
Holloway in England. They moved to 
Oxford so that Chris can finish his PhD 
in English Lit. Bynnie was chosen one 
of the three "Teachers of the Year" 
from Amherst County h.s., in the first 



year that she was eligible! She has 
kept up with directing and hopes to be 
active in the Oxford Univ. Dramatic 
Society. Judy Bell Henri and husband 
Allan had their first child in Oct. and 
are building a new home. She writes, 
HEPPERLE— where are you????" 
Jesse White is still a mental health 
worker at McLean Hospital in Boston. 
She hopes to do graduate studies in 
psychology and keeps in touch with 
Sallie Carrington and Gail Gilford. 

Jessica Steinbrenner Molly and 
husband Joe had a girl, Jennifer Adela, 
12/20/89. Their first daughter Elizabeth 
is almost 2. They are settling into a 
new home. Valerie Winborne left the 
Jewish Home and Hospital for the 
Aged for a full-time position with the 
dance company she has performed 
with for the last 3 years. She com- 
pleted her thesis for her masters. 
Betsy Nott, also in NY, is Assistant to 
the Junior School at St. Bernards 
School for Boys in Manhattan! She is 
working on her masters in Early 
Childhood Education at NYU. She sees 
Mary Johnson and Mary Via '87 often. 
Mary Johnson is still at Shields & Co. 
where there is a strong SBC contin- 
gent. She is also V.P. of the Sweet 
Briar Club in NYC. 

Elizabeth Stevens Norman and 
husband Kemp are back in Richmond 
where Elizabeth works for the Dalkon 
Shield Trust and does a lot of volun- 
teer work. Mary Jo Biscardi moved 
from Boston to the small town of 
Lebanon, NH. She saw Deirdre Smith 
Moran who is nearby in Windsor, VT. 
Deirdre, husband Mark and Logan (1) 
moved into a new house. She keeps in 
touch with Alyson Carey and even 
went back for HS-C homecoming this 
fall, Frances Huffman married Gregory 
Jobes in HI last May. She is an engi- 
neer for GE Aerospace in Springfield, 
VA having completed her masters at 
VATech in civil engineering. Linda 
Devogt lives in Richmond with Tracey 
Pryba and is a marketing analyst for 
Blue Cross Blue Shield. She sees 
Ingrid Weirick often. Sue Finn moved 
to Tallahassee, FL and works for L. 
Garry Smith & Assoc, a Tampa based 
pr firm, on legislative tracking and 
lobbying with the FL legislature. She is 
also busy with political groups includ- 
ing Young Friends of Bob Graham. 
Corinne Cunningham is an account 
exec, with Score Productions — very 
exciting after working with Bigelow 
and Eigel in advertising. 

Alison Akeson Bond and husband 
Harry gave birth to Henry Talbott Bond 
2/28. Alison continues classes in 
elementary education for certification. 
Lynn Mather visited Alison this sum- 
mer before moving back to CT. 
Suzanne Craft is engaged to Drew 
Bailey and plans a spring wedding. 
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ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



47 



Suzanne won from a local radio 
station. She is sales and marketing 
manager for the Washington Interna- 
tional Horse Show. Susan Mann 
married Robert Geoffrey Levy in a 
beautiful wedding in Charleston, SC 
in April Kirsten Bailey Atkinson and 
Nancy Ray Wlitstiire were among 
the bridesmaids. Sue Finn and I were 
also in attendance. Susan and Geoff 
live in Columbia, SC where Susan 
plans to work with Geoff in his 
company and perhaps return to law 
school. Nancy Ray married Larry 
Wiltshire 7/89 and lives in Falls 
Church. She is a tax accountant for 
Freddie Mac and recently took the 
CPA exam. Kirsten Bailey Atkinson 
and husband Loid now have Loid IV 
running around, which keeps Kirsten 
very busy. 

Lisa Redd and husband LaMont 
had their 1st child and are in Lexing- 
ton where LaMont works at VMI. 
April Adelson Marshall and her 
husband Charles have recently 
moved into a new home in North 
Potomac, MD. She is still sales 
director at the Savoy Suites in 
Georgetown. Leigh Ann White lives 
in Columbia Heights, DC and works 
for the Cultural Alliance, an arts 
service organization, assisting the 
development director. She set up a 
pottery studio in her home. Dayna 
Avery Hulme finished law school and 
is a litigation assistant for a firm in 
Nashville named Leitner, Warner, 
Moffit et al. Corlnne Neale 
McCormIck and husband Patrick live 
in Port Chester, NY. Corinne is a 
manufacturing coordinator for John 
Wiley & Sons, a publisher in Manhat- 
tan, and Pat works for a food broker 
in Tarrytown, NY. Jeremy Welthas is 
with a corporate/financial p.r. agency 
in NYC. She sees Elizabeth Haynle 
and Jennifer Memmott who are also 
in NYC. 

Leigh Ringler is engaged to 
James E. Bennett and plans an Oct. 
wedding. She is a sales coordinator 
for Universal Instruments Corp. and 
loves it. Sally Engleby still teaches in 
CT and summers in Nantucket. She 
has become a professional brides- 
maid after being in a number of 
weddings. Lee Malley bought a 
condo in Northern VA and awaits her 
wedding 5/4 to William Lowe of 
Longmeadow, MA. Lisa Marks is still 
a sales rep with Parke-Davis Pharma- 
ceutical in Little Rock, AR. She may 
move to Sydney, Australia. She keeps 
in touch with QuIncI Stevenson 
Velle, who has a 1 yr. old daughter, 
Haley. Pegl Castle is an office super- 
visor for Adia Personal Services in 
Wheaton, IL, and volunteers with 
veterans. 

Susan Drez graduated from LSU 
Medical School in New Orleans and 



began her residency in pediatrics at 
LSU. She married Jeffrey Joseph, a 
fifth year resident in 
Otolaryngology— head and neck 
surgery, 12/1 in Lake Charles. After 
Kirsten Wholey left Sweet Briar in 
'84, she graduated from Chatham 
College in Pittsburgh. She has been 
working for a local real estate devel- 
oper as special events coordinator 
for an urban specialty center. She 
married Dr. John Perry and will move 
to Durham, NC where John is doing a 
fellowship in gastroenterology. Pam 
Edwards still produces t.v. commer- 
cials in NYC and after changing 
companies this year, hopes to travel 
to Los Angeles and Chicago. She 
sees Louise Van Patten often and 
says she is doing well. Karyn 
Harcum Levy had a daughter 
Meredith Dayna last Jan. Of course, 
she waited until some of her SBC 
friends were in town for her baby 
shower to go into labor! 

Beth Splelvogel Bobango mar- 
ried Mark in 1987. Catherine Kendall 
was her attendant and accompanied 
them on their honeymoon (skiing). 
Beth helped run a women's clinic, 
taught 1 year of public school, and 
created and ran an after school 
program at a private school. In 1988, 
she ran for public office and, 
although she lost, she received an 
impressive 40.11% of the vote. She 
works on a woman's campaign for 
school board, but her most important 
job is being mother to daughter, Tia 
Lenore born 9/6/89. Beth and Mark 
live in Melbourne, FL where he is a 
dean's list pre-law student. Beth 
hopes he will decide on UVA for law 
school. Beth attended a dance 
reunion at SBC 3/90. She gave news 
of these alumnae: Catherine Kendall 
lives in NC but runs an antique 
furniture, 1st edition book, etc. shop 
in Pineville, SC. Elise Durbin '87 
moved from London to NYC where 
she works in insurance. 

Karen Fennessy is marketing in 
the plastics group at Dow Chemical 
in Los Angeles. She kept up her 
Spanish and added Portuguese as a 
language and hopes to enter interna- 
tional marketing for Dow. As for me, 
I still enjoy working and traveling for 
IBM but recently changed accounts 
and now work with Mobil Oil. I hope 
to take a much needed vacation to 
Europe with Karen this summer. 
That's all our great news for now. 
Anyone interested in assisting with 
our reunion, please contact Beth Ann 
Trapold, Rushton or myself. Looking 
forward to seeing you all at our 5th! I 



SWEET BRIAR 



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NANCY GODWIN BALDWIN 57 



Assistant Editor 

and Class Notes Editor 


NOREEN DONNELLY PARKER 


Managing Editor 


ANN MORRISON REAMS 42 


Design 


THE DESIGN GROUP 
Lynchtxirg. VA 


AJumnae Board. Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 
July 1,1990-June 30, 1991 


Presidenl 


NANNETTE MCBURNEY 
CROWDUS 57 
Sprmg Lake. Ml 


First Vice President and 
Director olOubs 


JANE MERKLE BORDEN 65 
Denver. CO 


Second Vice President 


IWTHAUE RYAN HOVT 72 
Houston. T)( 


Third Vice PresKjenl 
and Alumnae Admesons 
Representative Cliairman 


LYNNE GARDNER DETUER 68 
NornUKCT 


Secretary 


ANN YOUNG BLOOM *5g 
Wynnewood. PA 


Treasurer 
(Finance Chaimian} 


MARY JOHNSON NB-SON ■&! 
Lookout fADuntain. TN 


Alumnae Fund Ctiaimian 


CLARE NEWMAN 
BUWCHARD '60 
Madison. NJ 


Nominaling Ctiaimian 


BARBARA SAMPSON 
BORSCH ■5g 
Los Angeles. CA 


National Project Ctiairman 


FRANCES MCCLUNG 
FERGUSON '80 
BIcotI City. MD 


AcademK: (Dutreacti 
Chairman 


ANNE WILSON ROWE 57 
Fredercksburg. VA 


Financial Aid Charman 


SANDRA TAYLOR 
CRAIGHEAD 74 
Rchmond. VA 


Career Planning Chatnnan 


SUSAN SUDOUTH 
DODSON 66 
Uttte Rock. AR 


Regional Chairmen 


NANCY WHITE BRYAKT 7g 
Crolon-on-Hiidson. NY 




MARGARET CHRISTIAN 
RYAN 74 
Wayne, PA 




JUUA JACKSON NICHOLS '66 
Clarksburg, WV 




LUCY OTIS ANDERSON 63 
Charlotte. NC 




CEUAWILUAMSDUNN'61 
Savannah. GA 




NORMA BRADLEY ARNOLD 44 

Versailles. KY 




CATHERINE FLAHERTY 80 
Ptymoulh. MN 




ANNE MERCER 
KORNEGAY 66 
Baton Rouge, LA 




ANNE ALLEN SYMONDS'62 
Houston, TX 




UNDA FRAZIER KEITH 75 
Piedmont, CA 


Members-at-l_arge 


KELLY STRAUGHN '89 
Bmiingham. AL 




JACY CARTER '90 
Athens. GA 



Members of the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar 
nominated by the Alumnae Association and elected by 
the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar. DOROTHY 
WOODS MCLEOD '58, Nashville, TN HELEN MURCHISON 
Lj^E '46. JacksonvTite, a, KATMERINE UPCHURCH 
TAKVORiAN 72, ConcofO. MA, PATRICIA NEALE VAN 
CUEF 72. NicholasvBle. KY 

Ex officio LYN DiLLARD GRONES '■IS, Virginia Beach, VA. 
Planned Grving Charman: ELIZABETH DOUCETT NEILL '4 1 , 
Soulhem Pines, NC. Boxwood Circle Criaimian and Fund 
Agent Cfiainnan. VIRGINIA UPCHURCH COLLIER 72. 
Oiesterlown, fwlD, Golden Stars Chairman. JODY RAINES 
BRtNKLEY 'S7, Rtchmond, VA Annual Fund Chainnan; 
MILDRED NEWMAN THAYER '6) , Madison, NJ, Reunion 
GiHs Charman; PATRICIA POWELL PUSEY '60. Arlington. 
VA, Reunion Gifts Chairman -elecl. NANCY GODWIN 
BALDWIN '57. Monroe, VA, Editor, Alumnae Magazine; 
ANNE MORRISON REAMS *42. Lynchburg. VA. Director. 
Alumnae Association, 



48 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



THE SWEET BRIAR TRADITION 



As a financial consultant, I feel 
I'm of the greatest service to 
single women. Though finan- 
cial security is practically 
synonymous with looking 
ahead, the majority of the 
women I see don't start seriously 
planning until they're retired or wid- 
owed. 

"Even women with knowledge and 
experience — like many Sweet Briar 
alumnae — discover they need guidance 
when it comes to tax laws and estate 
planning. So essentially, I'm attuned to 
the investment needs of women who are 
interested in income as opposed to 
growth. I show them how to unravel 
their finances, keep records, and make 
lasting provisions at important stages of 
their lives. 

"I'm all for making charitable 
contributions a part of the planning 
process. I've helped quite a few of my 



for $10,000. She may be receiving only 
$3,000 a year on her investment, but she 
feels she can't afford to sell because of 
the capital gains tax. 

"Now, people who are not familiar 
with the capital gains tax may be 
wondering, How had can it be? Well, if 
our alumna did sell, she would have to 
pay a capital gains tax on $90,000. In a 
33% tax bracket, that would mean paying 
in the vicinity of $30,000 on the sale plus 
additional state taxes — so it simply 
would not pay. 

"On the other hand, if she transferred 
those securities to Sweet Briar's pooled 
income fund, she would avoid the capital 
gains tax. And just as important, 
because the pooled income fund offers a 
much higher rate of return, she would 
more than double her income. She 
would also realize close to a $32,000 
charitable deduction, saving approxi- 
mately $10,000 in income taxes to be 



An Interview With Jean Old '47: ^^ 
Be Smart With Your Securities 




clients make gifts of stock on an annual 
or outright basis. However, grand 
philanthropic gestures need to be 
balanced with hard-nosed, practical 
concerns. like me, Sweet Briar wants 
women to put themselves and their 
families first in planning for the future. 
Once we're certain that's squared away, 
we can talk about making arrangements 
for the College. 

"Of course, there are ways to accom- 
plish both — to generate a dependable 
income for yourself and provide for 
Sweet Briar at the same time. It just 
requires a bit more planning than 
making an annual or outright gift. 

"Lef s say, for example, that a sixty- 
year-old alumna has appreciated 
securities currentiy valued at $100,000, 
which she purchased some years ago 



carried over five years if necessary. 

"In rare cases, a donor may encoun- 
ter the AMT or alternative minimum 
tax. I won't bore you with the details, 
except to say that an alumna should 
always consult with her financial advisor 
or an attorney when considering a gift to 
any charitable institution. 

"Personally, I plan to make my gift to 
the College while I'm still in my peak 
earning years. The fact that I'll realize 
greater tax benefits that way doesn't 
lessen the value of my contribution — 
just the opposite. I'm doing exactiy what 
Sweet Briar taught me to do: be smart!" 



Jean Old is a vice president and 
investment officer with Wheat First 
Securities and a member of Sweet Briar's 
Planned Giving Advisory Council As 
Jean describes it, she slipped into her 
profession "through the back door." Even 
after she had completed several account- 
ing and finance courses at Old Dominion 
University and was acting as treasurer of 
the Junior League, she still had no idea 
that investments would turn out to be her 
strong suit. "The husband of a friend was 
in the business and he strongly recom- 
mended that I give it a try. That was in 
1954 and Fve been at it ever since. I guess 
I really found my niche. " 



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SPECIAL Reunions 

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1921 seventieth 

1926 sixfyfifth 

1931 sixtieth 

1936 fiftyfifth 

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1951 /o^to/i 

1956 thiriyfifth 

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Friday, May 31 

1:00- 8:00 p.ni. 



Registration in the Quadrangle (after 
8 p.m. register at Information Center) 
Lunch available in Bistro (dutch treat) 

Class Picnics and Dinners honoring 
m Class of 1941 and Daisy Chain 



7:00 p.m. 



Saturday, June 

7:15 a.m. Bird Walk 

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast 

9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Children's Program 

9:00 a.m. - 12 noon 



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12:00-12:30 



12:30 p.m. 




7:00 p.m. 



Sunday, June 2 

8:00 -9:15 a.m. 

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
10:30 -11:00 a.m. 
11:00- 12 noon 

12:00 



Aluinnae Convocation 

Sweet Briar Today Panel and Class 

reports, skits, songs 

Procession to Dining Hall led by Mini 
Pipe Band 

Luncheon honoring Reunion Classes 
Luncheon for husbands at the Bistro 

Class meetings (immediately after lunch) 



OPTIONS: *^ 

Fun and Games \^ 

Tours of campus and VCCA Exhibits 
Museums/ Academic Buildings open 
Alumnae College 

Cocktail Buffet with faculty, staff and 
retirees; John McClenon's Band mil 
entertain 



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Breakfast 

Worship Service (25th Class will assist) 

Coffee Break 

Alumnae College 

Limcheon in Sweet Briar Gardens 



Trips Sponsored by the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

Programs and dates are subject to change 

I Japan Cruise: May 12 - 27, 1991 
Elbe River Cruise: July 3 - 16, 1991 
Baltic Republics: August 5 - 18, 1991 
Spain and Portugal: October 1 - 14, 1991 
The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador: January 6-18, 1992 




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SUMMER 1991 



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Are women's colleges becom- 
ing extinct? Were the Mills 
College students — and those 
at Goucher College and 
several others that have con- 
fronted the question of 
admitting men, right to 
protest so vigorously? 

hi recent years, women's colleges 
have been called anachronistic, unrealis- 
tic and unnecessary. Women's college 
presidents have been quoted as saying, 
"In time, we hope there will be no need 
for separate colleges for women." Their 
number has been reduced significandy. 
There are now 94 left in the United 
States; in 1969, there were 224. Is there 



enrolling in a college that serves only 
their sex. 

This is what we found: In general, 
women attending women's colleges 
participate more fully in and out of class. 
When compared to other achieving 
women in coeducational institutions, 
they develop measurably higher levels 
of self-esteem (as compared to the 
women in coeducational institutions 
who, after two years, have been shown 
to have lower levels of self-esteem than 
when they entered college) . They score 
higher on standardized achievement 
tests, significantly more of them choose 
as their academic major traditionally 
male disciplines like the sciences, and 



THE STRONG CASE FOR WOMEN'S COLLEGES 

TheyreVaKd, 

But Are They Arable? 



no longer a need for separate colleges 
for women? 

During the time of the Mills College 
controversy, three colleagues (a major 
university president the president of an 
important liberal arts college and a 
major university vice chancellor) and I 
were engaged to evaluate the condition 
and prospects of another prominent 
women's college. None of us had any 
prior experience with women's schools. 
In the course of our review, we at- 
tempted to find and read the significant 
accumulated research on sex and 
education. 

Our conclusion? Women's colleges 
may be better for women — period. Yes, 
the conclusion was a bit strong for us 
also, but granting allowances for 
statistical standard error, the need for 
more research and individual anomalies, 
we concluded that on the basis of 
research available, all young women 
should at least seriously consider 

BY JAMES L, FISHER 



they are more likely to graduate. 

Based on studies available, graduates 
of women's colleges are also more 
successful in careers; that is, they tend 
to hold higher positions, are happier and 
earn more money. They contribute 
more to their alma maters than gradu- 
ates of coeducational institutions by a 
rate of approximately two to one, and 
they tend to be more involved in 
philanthropic activities in general. To 
the extent that it has been measured, 
even the divorce rate for women who 
have attended women's colleges is 
lower than for those who have attended 
other kinds of schools. 

Together our non-women's college 
team totaled more than 120 years' 
experience in higher education, and we 
looked at ways that these data could be 
disputed. But we were finally bound to 
conclude that based on any research 
available, women's colleges are better 
for women — not just some women but 
women in general. The remarkable 
thing is that the secret has been so well- 



kept for so long. 

This is not to say that coeducational 
institutions are not good for women. 
Rather, coed schools could learn a great 
deal from women's colleges about how 
to provide more complete educational 
experiences for both sexes. What seems 
to happen to women in women's 
colleges is that while they are still in 
their formative years, young women 
spend those four or five years in an 
environment that fuels them with 
sufficient self-confidence to last for the 
rest of their lives. They seem to do this 
without being inordinately pushy, 
abrasive or unfeminine. Rather, in 
whatever they do, they are strong, self- 
sufficient, well-adjusted people or, at 
least, the women's college environment 
gives them a better chance to chart this 
kind of course. 

The problem for all women's colleges 
is really one of financial viability rather 
than of validity. Clearly, greater efforts 
must be made to ensure that they 
prosper, for if an uneducated public 
continues to question the value of 
women's colleges to the point that more 
close their doors or convert to coeduca- 
tion, the loss to society could be irrepa- 
rable. 

If there are any women's colleges left 
in the next century, I'll encourage my 
granddaughters to attend one. 

James L. Fisher, former president of 
Towson State University, is president 
emeritus of the Council for Advancement 
and Support of Education. His article 
originally appeared in the September 13, 
1990 issue of the Baltimore Evening Sun 
and is reprinted here with permission. 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 




^•^j Ann Reams, Director of the Alumnae Association Emeritus 

^^ SUMMER 1991 VOL. 61, NO. 3 

^^ ^ They're Valid, But Are They Viable? inside front cover 

^^^ In the Spotlight 2 

Club Corner/FOCUS Events 4 

^^""^ Slate for New Board Members of the Alumnae Association 6 

^^ Notices/Recent Deaths 8 

>^J Class Notes 10 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition inside back cover 

Note: This special issue carries Class Notes for both the spring and 
summer magazines. 

Cover Photo: Road from Monument Hill "in the good old summertime." 
Photo by Jonathan Rawie 



Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSN 0039-7342). Issued four times 
yearly; fall, winter, spring and summer by Sweet Briar College. Second Class 
postage paid at Sweet Briar, VA 24595 and Lynchburg VA 24506. Printed by 
Progress Printing Co., Lynchburg, VA 24502. Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar 
College, Box E, Sweet Briar, Va 24595. Telephone (804) 381-6131. 



SWEET BRIAR 



Assistant Editor 

and Class Notes Editor 

Managing Editor 

Design 



NANCY GODWIN BALDWIN '57 
NOREEN DONNELLY PARKER 



ANN MORRISON REAMS '42 

THE DESIGN GROUP 
Lynchburg, VA 



Alumnae Board, Sweet Briar Alumnae Associstion 
July 1.1990-June 30, 1991 



NANNETTE MCBURNEY 
CROWDUS '57 
Spring Lake, Ml 

JANE MERKLE BORDEN '65 
Denvef , CO 



Firsi Vice President and 
Director of Clubs 

Second Vice Presidenl 



Third Vice Presidenl 
and Alumnae Admissions 
Represenlallve Chainnan 

Seaelary 

Treasurer 
[Finance Chairman) 

Alumnae Fund Chainnan 



Nominating Chainnan 
National Project Chaimian 



Academic Oulreach 
Chainnan 

Rnanaal Aid Chairman 



NATHAUE RYAN HOYT 72 
Houston, TX 

LYNNE GARDNER DETMER '68 
Norwalk, CT 

ANN YOUNG BLOOM '59 
Wynnewood, PA 

MARY JOHNSON NELSON '64 
Lookout Mounlain, TN 

CLARE NEWMAN 
BLANCHARD '60 
Madison, NJ 

BAflBARA SAMPSON 
BORSCH '59 
Los Angeles. CA 

FRANCES MCCLUNG 
FERGUSON "80 
Sliconaty, MD 

ANNE WILSON ROWE '57 
Fredericksburg, VA 

SANDRA TAYLOR 
CRAIGHEAD '74 
Rchmond, VA 



Career Planning Chainnan SUSAN SUDOLfTH 
DODSON '66 
Utile Rock. AR 



Regional Chairmen 



NANCY W/HITE BRYANT 79 
Crolon-on-Hudson, NY 

MARGARET CHRISTIAN 
RYAN '74 
Wayne, PA 

JUUA JACKSON NICHOLS '56 
Cfaritsburg, WV 

LUCY OTIS W^OERSON -63 
Charlotle, NC 

CEUA WILJJAMS DUNN '61 
Savannah. GA 

NORMA BRADLEY ARNOLD '44 
Versailles, KY 

CATHERINE FU\HERTY '80 
Plymouth. MN 

ANNE MERCER 
KORNEGAY '66 
Baton Rouge, LA 

ANNE ALLEN SYMONDS '62 
Houston, TX. 

UNDAFRAZIERKErTH'75 
Piedmont. CA 

KELLY STRAUGHN '89 
Binningham, AL 

JACY CARTER '90 
Athens, GA 



Members of ttie Board of Directors of Sweet Briar 
nominated by the Alumnae Association and elected by 
the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar DOROTHY 
WOODS MCLEOD 'SS. Nashville. TN: HELEN MURGHISON 
LANE '46, Jacksonville, FL; KATHERINE UPCHURCH 
TAKVORiAN '72. Concord, MA; PATRICIA NEALE VAjg 
CUEF 72, Nicholasville, KY, 

Ex officio: LYN DILLARD GRONES '45, Virginia Beach, VA, 
Planned Giving Chairman; EU2ABETH DOUCETT NBLL '41 . 
Southern Pines, NC, Boxwood Circle Chairman and Fund 
Agent Chairman; VIRGINIA UPCHURCH COLLIER 72, 
Chestenown, MD, Golden Stairs Chairman; JODY RAINES 
BRINKLEY '57, Richmond. VA, Annual Fund Chainnan; 
MILDRED NEWMAN THAYER '61 , Madison, NJ, Reunion 
G^s Chairman; PATRICIA POWELL PUSEY '60, Arlington. 
VA, Reunion Gifts Chaimian-elecl; NANCY GODVWN 
BALDVi/iN '57, Monroe, VA. Editor, Alumnae Magazine; 
ANNE MORRISON REAMS '42, Lynchburg, VA, OireclOf. 
Alumnae Association, 



Members-at-Large 



UMNAE MAGAZINE 



IN THE SPOTLIGHT 



Ann Momson Reams 
Retires June 30 

Ann Reams has been director of the 
Alumnae Association since 1974; 
from 1968 to 74 she was associate 
director. In 1986 she was named to the 
College president's executive council, 
the first alumnae director to be so 
honored. 

After graduating from Sweet Briar 
with a major in music in 1942, she 
worked for the U.S. Navy during World 
War II, then did a stint as a reporter for 
the Lynchburg Daily Advance. In 1944 
she married Bernard Reams and they 
had four children, Bernard 
Jr. (Barney), Stephen, 
Winifred (Wmkie) and 
Ann Kendall. From 1944 to 
'68 she raised her family 
and was a "professional 
volunteer"; she was presi- 
dent of the Lynchburg 
Junior League and of the 
Florence Crittenden Home 
for unwed mothers, and 
recording secretary for the 
teenage centre. Outer 
Limits. Still an active volun- 
teer, she was recognized 
as the Outstanding Sus- 
tainer of the Year for 
1986-87 by die Junior 
League of Lynchburg. 

Ann has contributed to 
alumnae organizations on the state and 
national levels, as well as at Sweet Briar; 
she was the driving force behind the 
1972 reactivation of the women's college 
adminisfrator's group which is still very 
successful and is now known as ADAPT 
(Alumnae Directors and Presidents 
Together); she was also a founding 
member of the Virginia Alumnae and 
Development Directors Association. 

At Sweet Briar she has developed a 
computerized alumnae network, started 
the popular Winter Forums lecture 
series, chaired the committee which 
planned the College's 75th anniversary 
celebration and established the Distin- 
guished Alumna Award, presented 



annually to honor alumnae "who have 
brought distinction to themselves and to 
Sweet Briar College through outstand- 
ing accomplishments in a volunteer or 
professional capacity." Under her lead- 
ership, attendance at Reunion has 
increased four-fold, with more than (300 
attending every year, and the College 
was notified on April 22 that its entry in 
the Council for Advancement and Sup- 
port of Education (CASE) Annual 
Awards Competition, entitied "Reunion 
1990," had received the Silver Medal for 
Special Events. 

At the gala dinner in Ann's honor, 
hosted by Sweet Briar's Board of Direc- 
tors and the Board 
of the Alumnae 
Association on 
Friday evening, 
April 26, Nannette 
McBumey 
Crowdus, presi- 
dent of the 
Alumnae Asso- 
ciation, noted: 
"Ann has 
fraveled all over 
the United 
States — indeed 
all over the 
world — repre- 
senting the 
College and its 
alumnae with 
admirable 

charm, unfailing good humor, incredible 
energy and an astonishing memory for 
faces, names, classes and anecdotes of 
events which happened just yesterday 
or long past One is never bored in 
Ann's presence, for silence never falls. 
No opportunity is missed to make oth- 
ers feel welcome, interesting and very 
special. But let me assure you that while 
Ann is a lovely lady, there is a great deal 
more to be admired. She is also an out- 
standing adminisfrator with an attention 
to detail that reaches perfection. She 
runs a tight ship and she has frained all 
of us who have had the privilege of 
working with her to raise our standards 
to meet hers and to enjoy it. 




Ann Reams was named Director of the 
Alumnae Association Emeritus at the spring 
meeting of Sweet Briar's Board of Directors 



"Ann has taken sbc newly-elected 
presidents of the Alumnae Association 
under her wing and with gentie prod- 
ding, wise counsel and timely 
reminders, let us think we were running 
the show. No idea is foolish, no question 
is out of order and no request is unrea- 
sonable. I have never known anyone 
with a greater capacity for suffering 
fools gladly and loving them at the same 
time. She has served the College and 
the Alumnae Association with a dedica- 
tion and devotion second to none." 

At the spring Board meeting on 
April 28, Nannette presented the follow- 
ing resolution: 

Be it resolved that the Board of the 
Alumnae Association wishes to thank 
Ann Morrison Reams of the Class of 1942 
for her 23 years of service as Associate 
Director and Director of the Alumnae 
Association. Her devotion to Sweet Briar 
College and her dedication to the interests 
of the alumnae have enabled her to fur- 
ther the mission of Sweet Briar and to 
bind the alumnae to the College and to 
each other. We commend her administra- 
tive abilities, her leadership skills, her 
patience, her sagacity, her energy and her 
bright spirit. She will not be forgotten. 

Fond Au Revoirs, Ann! 

Rosam quae meruit feraL 

First Presidential Medal 
Recipients Honored 

Two outstanding seniors, Amber D. 
Bennett Madison Heights, VA and 
Gwen M. Fisher, Ruckersville, VA, 
are the recipients of Sweet Briar College's 
1991 Presidential Medal. President Hill 
presented the awards during the 
College's Academic Awards Dinner on 
February 19 in the Wailes Student Center. 
The Presidential Medal recognizes 
seniors who have a range of accomplish- 
ments comparable to those associated 
with candidates for Rhodes, Marshall or 
Truman scholarships. Nominated by 
members of the faculty, these seniors 
must have demonsfrated exemplary 
intellectual achievements. 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 




President Hill with Presidential Medalists Amber Bennett ( 
Rsher (r.) 

In addition, they are selected for 
their contributions to the Sweet Briar 
community through service and leader- 
ship; for enlarging our global perspective; 
for supporting the arts; and for demon- 
strating athletic fitiiess and achievements. 

Amber Bennett, who achieved an 
outstanding record in her first term as a 
freshman, has been a Pannell Scholar 
for three years, was named to the 
Dean's list, and wrote an honors thesis. 
She has also served as features editor of 
the Sweet Briar News, on the staff of the 
Briar Patch, as a member of the 
College's publication board, as an admis- 
sions student guide for four years, as 
editor of the Student Handbook, as tutor 
in the Amherst County schools, and has 
been active as a tutor in anthropology/ 
psychology in H Gamma Mu. 

Amber participated in a Fast for 
World Himger, was in the International 
Club for two years, the Spanish Club for 
three years and was active in weightlift- 
ing. She was house president of her 
residence hall for two years and twice 
listed in Who's Who Among Students in 
American Universities and Colleges. She 
served with College Republicans for 
three years and has contributed to The 
Brambler. 

Gwen Fisher, who achieved an 
outstanding record in her first term as a 
freshman, has been a Founders' Scholar 
for four years, was named to the Dean's 
List, and wrote an honors thesis. She 
has been a member and chair of 
SWEEP (Sweet Briar Environmental 
Education Program), has volunteered at 
Iran's Nursing Home for four years, 
has been a member of Tau Phi for two 
years, has been a teaching assistant in 



and Gwen 



biology and a peer 
tutor in biology and 
chemistry, and a tour 
guide for the admis- 
sions office. She 
performed in SBC's 
production of The Cru- 
cible, and has been a 
literary discussion 
leader during Winter 
Term. 

Gwen has been 
active in the French 
Club and the Fast for 
World Hunger. She 
traveled to Kenya in the summer of 1988 
for three wildlife ecology courses of- 
fered by the School for Field Studies, 
Northeastern University, and to Natal, 
South Africa, during the summer of 
1990, working as a physician's assistant 
at a Zulu sociomedical center. Active in 
varsity swimming for four years, she 
was listed twice in Who's Who Among 
Students in American Universities and 
Colleges and participated in the search for 
the assistant dean of the College and for 
biology faculty. She also lectured to the 
SBC community on her experiences in 
South Afiica. 

Recipient of the 1991 
Gager Award. 

Dr. Mary Gress '68 is 
the recipient of the 
1991 Gager Award, 
which was established as a 
memorial by the family 
and friends of Professor 
Helen Gager, a member of 
the Sweet Briar chemistry 
faculty fi-om 1976-1980. Dr. 
Gress has been in Wash- 
ington, D.C. with the 
Department of Energy 
since 1979 and is presentiy 
program manager of Pho- 
tochemical and Radiation 
Sciences in the Division of 
Chemical Sciences. 

Dr. Gress visited the 
campus on March 5 and 
gave a talk for students 
and faculty. She outlined 
her career path, beginning Dr. Mary Gress 



with her time at Sweet Briar as a math 
major and as a summer intern in chem- 
istry at the Savannah River Laboratory 
after her junior year. She received a 
Ph.D. in physical chemistry fi-om Iowa 
State University in 1973. She then 
served as a research chemist with Du- 
Pont and at Brookhaven National 
Laboratory, spent two years as a faculty 
member at the University of Vermont, 
and did research at the Ames Labora- 
tory in Iowa. Dr. Gress reviewed some 
of the X-ray and neutron dtffi-action 
work she accomplished during her 
years of research. She showed slides of 
crystal structures she has determined 
and published. Her work at the Depart- 
ment of Energy as a science 
admiiustrator involves granting funds 
for basic research projects at the Na- 
tional Laboratories and at universities. 
She administers grants in photochemis- 
try, which includes investigations of 
solar energy, photosynthesis, chemical 
effects of ioiuzing radiation and electron 
transfer theory and kinetics. She regu- 
larly travels to National Laboratories all 
over the United States to review 
projects that are under way. 

In addition to her work with the 
Department of Energy, she is vice presi- 
dent of the Washington Sweet Briar 
Club. 




ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



CLUB CORNER 



Clubs were more 
active than ever in 
'90-'91,witiiSBDay 
observances, special 
events and FOCUS 
events. 




FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Club 
members met at Pat Gromel 
Young's ('66) Greenwich home, 
Fall '90, to plan its F^l '91 
FOCUS event. 

M 1 St row, l-r: Lisa Schneider 
Thornton '80; Brooke Haw '89; Pat 
Gromel Young '66; Ginny Squibb 
Flynn '32, 2nd row, l-r; Jill Maple '82; 
Tracy Carter '89; Diana Dent '50; 
Nagulinie Singanayagam '87; 
Rebecca Manning Cutler '27; Maria 
Wiglesworth Hemmings '67; Hetty 
Wells Finn '33; Lucy Giles Richey '61 ; 
Maggie Mohlman Degler '54. 



AMHERST/NELSON Club held 
a 1/91 SB Day cocktail buffet at 
campus home of Sara 
Crickenberger '76 and Gordon 
Brady. 

Gordon Brady, SBC associate ► 
professor, environmental studies; 
Sara Crickenberger Brady '76; 
Caperton Morton Scott '85, club 
president; President Hill; John Hill; 
Julia Sadler de Coligny '34, club 
treasurer. 



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TIDEWATER Club wins!!! (32-24) in its 5th Annual Alumnae Tennis 
Match, SBC Vixens vs. Mary Baldwin Squirrels. 

A 1st row, l-r; Sarah Longstreth '77; Molly Reeb Nissman '77. 2nd row, l-r; 
Perk Traugott Brown '45; Sally Old Kitchin '76; Peg Twohy Devan '84; Chic 
Grones '79. 



CHICAGO'S Club welcomed 
President Hill to its SB Day 
Luncheon 1 2/27/90 at the 
Chicago Club. 

•4 l-r: President Hill; Susan 
Ostrander Hood '51; Patricia Halloran 
Salvadori '50. 

l-r; Jennifer Chambers '90; Carey 
Ann Johnson Fleming '78; Kathr/n 
Bosco Kosandvich '85. ▼ 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



ATLANTA, 12/16-17, '90, l-r: ► 
Jane Lauderdale Armstrong 78, 
Atlanta FOCUS Planning 
Committee; Peggy Sheffield 
Martin '48, member, SBC Board 
of Directors; Claire Dennison 
Griffith '80, hostess for FOCUS 
social event at her home; 
Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57, 
president, SBC Alumnae 
Association; President Hill; Mary 
Bush Norwood '74, club 
president. 





< MIAMI, 3/4/91 , 1st row, l-r: 
Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80, 
assistant director, Alumnae 
Association; Roshani Gunewar- 
dene '85; Ashley Flynn '90; Leslie 
Battle Anderson '78; Joan Wright 
Wood '83; Laura Campbell 
Walker '68 and Bill Walker, hosts 
for the FOCUS social event at 
their home. 2nd row, l-r: Kathryn 
Sheridan Hutchinson '72; Charles 
Eldredge; Joy Parker Eldredge 
'54; Susan Morgan Pinkard '81 ; 
Ann Morrison Reams '42, 
director, Alumnae Association; 
Jane Reeb Chadwick '74; Kathryn 
Deriso Schwartz '88; Anita McVey 
O'Connor '73; Dick Wood. Back 
row, l-r: James Hutchinson; Bill 
Morgan; Mr. Schwartz; Mr. 
O'Connor. 



A PHIL^DELPHIA, 2/1 1 -1 2, '91 , Pictured at the Marion Cricket Club,Haverford, 
PA FOCUS Reception, l-r: Robin Christian Ryan '74, club president; Ann 
Young Bloom '59, secretary, SBC Alumnae Association Board; President 
Hill; Mary Leach (Doots Duer) Colen '64; Ann Cabot Alleva '84. 

BOSTON, 1/31 -2/1 , '91 , l-r: Nancy Webb Corkery '81 , Boston ► 
FOCUS chairman for prospective student party; Joanne Holbrook 
Patton '52, member, SBC Board of Directors; President Hill; Stephanie 
Rinaldi Charlip '81 ; Cornelia Kennedy Suskind '81 , chairman for 
guidance counselor event; Ann Sargeant Rosenthal '81 ; Dr. Katherine 
Upchurch Takvorian '72, hostess for social event in her home. 



focus 

1990-91broughtFOCUStolife: 
Events to introduce President 
Hill to our most important 
Sweet Briar friends — alumnae, 
parents, guidance counselors, 
heads of schools and prospec- 
tive students. From August '90 
through May '91, 16 FOCUS 
celebrations took place in VA, 
D.C.,GA,CA,MA,PA,FL,MD, 
TX and MI. If you haven't expe- 
rienced FOCUS yet, there may 
be one in your area in 1991-92: 
SBC's peripatetic president has 
just begun to travel! 



JACKSONVILLE, 3/6-7, '91 , l-r: 
Celia Williams Dunn '61 , regional 
chairman, Alumnae Association 
Board; Helen Murchison Lane 
'46, member, SBC Board of 
Directors and Jacksonville 
FOCUS committee; President Hill; 
Courtenay Sands Wilson '66, 
hostess for FOCUS social event at 
her home; Cathy Brooke Dunkle 
'85, club president. T 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



Slate for New Board 
Members of the 
Alumnae Association 

The slate shall be approved by the 
Board at its spring meeting and 
upon approval will be published in 
the Alumnae Magazine. If there 
are no further nominations w^ithin 
four weeks, the slate shall be con- 
sidered elected by consent. If ad- 
ditional names are received, the 
decision for the selection of the 
candidates will rest with the ex- 
ecutive committee of the Alum- 
nae Association. 
—Article X, section 3 Bylaws of 
the Alumnae Association 

Positions to be re-elected for a 
second term; 

First Vice President: 

Jane Merkle Borden '65, 

Denver, CO 
Treasurer: 

Mollie Johnson Nelson '64, 

Lookout Mountain, TN 
Region IV Chairman: 

Lucy Otis Anderson '63, 

Charlotte, NC 
Region VII Chairman: 

Catherine Flaherty '80, 

Minneapolis, MN 



Nominating Chairman 

Anne Mercer Kornegay '66 
(Mrs. Bryan B.), Baton Rouge, L^ 

Alumnae Association. 

member-at-large on Alumnae 
Board, '66-'68; AAR since 72; 
president and secretary of the 
Louisiana Capital Area SB 
Club since 75. 

Career and community: 

A.B. in mathematics; MAT. in 
mathematics and education, 
Emory U, '67; studied com- 
puter science, physics at 
Louisiana State U. Currently 
assistant head of Episcopal 
High School in Baton Rouge; 
previously taught at St. Joseph's 
Academy, Baton Rouge and 
the Louise McGehee School in 
New Orleans; did research at 
the Southwest Center for 
Advanced Studies, Dallas. 
Volunteer with Capital Area 
Family Violence Center, Inc. 
since '75 — serves on board, 
was president for 3 years; 
worked with the mayor- 
president's Council on the 
Needs of Women '76-'83, 
served as vice president, then 
president; secretary of St. 
Joseph's Children's Home '83- 
'85; volunteer with Junior 
League, Baton Rouge since 
'78 — was community coordina- 
tor '81-'82 and a board member 
'82-'83; worked with the 
Agency Services Division of 
United Way '80-'83 and with 
the leadership training group 
of the Greater Baton Rouge 
Chamber of Commerce '85-'87. 
Hobbies; working with young 
people to develop volunteer- 
ism, and with community 
relations. She and husband 
Bryan, a business consultant, 
have a daughter, Anne 
Eugenia (Bitsy), 20 and two 
sons, Bryan Brightman, Jr., 18 
and Barney Blair, 16. Anne's 
mother, Nancy Old Mercer, is 
SBC '38. 



Region II Chairman 

Marjorie McGraw McDonald '60 
(Mrs. Henry C), Ruxton, MD 

Alumnae Association: 

assistant bulb chairman '73-'78, 
bulb chairman '78-'85, presi- 
dent, Baltimore Club '86 — ; 
hostess for Baltimore party for 
Nenah Fry ('85); hostess for 
SB Day luncheons ('73, '87); 
panelist for clubs workshop 
meeting. Fall Council '87; 
member. Reunion Gifts 
Committee '89-'90; co-chair- 
man, Baltimore FOCUS Event, 
March 25-26, '91. 

Career and Community: 

A.B. in political science/ 
history from Mary Washing- 
ton College, '61; summer work 
"for fun" at Lafayette College, 
'58-'59; courses in early 
childhood education, Towson 
State U, '75. Has taught at 
Friends School, Baltimore for 
18 years, currendy is associate 
pre-first teacher and director 
of Extended Day Program. 
Member of MD Committee for 
Children, Association of 
Independent MD Schools and 
Association for Education of 
Young ChUdren. Speaker on 
extended school care at 
Middle States Association of 
Schools and Colleges meeting, 
12/89. Co-author of Apples to 
Zucchini ('83), a curriculum 
guide for early childhood 
professionals. Member, 
Hopkins Hospital Auxiliary; 
former member. Junior 
League of Easton, PA Enjoys 
gardening, oil painting, 
knitting, travel, reading 
American history. Husband 
Henry is an investment 
banker. Marjorie has one 
daughter, Melissa Cable 
McDonald, 22 and five grown 
stepchildren. Her sister is 
Mary Elizabeth McGraw 
Clarke '64. 



Region VI Chairman 

Linda Mae Visocan '87 
Solon, OH 

Alumnae Association: 

AAR '89-'91; elected Class of 
'87 representative to Board of 
Directors '87-'89 (resigned 
because took job in SBC 
development office '87-'89). 

Career and Community: 

An international affairs major, 
linda was student government 
president, a Connie Guion 
Scholar, member of Who's Who 
in American Colleges and 
Universities and won the Swim 
Team Coach's Award. A retail 
assistant floor manager at 
Higbee's, Cleveland, OH; was 
previously employed as sales 
associate, FENDI Boutique, 
Cleveland. Member of several 
art museums, enjoys reading, 
daily swimming, skiing, 
attending concerts, ballets, 
plays and operas and keeping 
in touch with SB fiiends. "My 
four years at SBC as a student 
and my two in the develop- 
ment office were the six most 
influential, challenging, 
happiest years of my life thus 
far." 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



Region VIII Chairman 

Susan Sudduth Dodson '66 
(Mrs. C. Frank, Jr.), Little Rock, AR 

Alumnae Association: 

"As one of the few active 
alumnae in Arkansas," Susan 
has been club president and 
AAR; class fund agent for 1966 
and co-chairman of its Reunion 
Gifts Committee for 25th 
Reunion in '91; joined Alumnae 
Association board in '90 as 
career planning chairman, now 
assuming new duties. 

Career and community: 

biology major; spent junior 
year at Vanderbilt U, returned 
to receive AB. from SBC. 
Founder, vice president, co- 
owner of MOMS (Medical 
Office Management Systems) 
and editor oiMOMSAT WORK, 
the corporate newsletter. 
Previously worked in biochem- 
istry research at St. Jude's 
Hospital, as a computer 
programmer/ systems analyst 
at Prudential Insurance Co. 
and as office manager of the 
Arkansas Orthopedic Clinic. 
Has published articles in the 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Maga- 
zine and THEOS magazine 
and is author of a book. Using 
Epson Computers in Medical 
Practices. Teaches senior high 
youth group at Fellowship 
Bible Church, has held various 
positions with Arkansas Opera 
Theater and is a guild member 
of the Arkansas Symphony 
Orchestra, subscribes to 
Wildwood Center for the 
Performing Arts, is a partici- 
pant in Hosean International 
Ministries, Pignon, Haiti, 
serves as volunteer assistant at 
Pulaski Academy and is co- 
founder of the Arkansas 
Chapter of THEOS (a support 
group for widowed persons) . 
Susan has a 16-year-old 
daughter, Meredith Perm 
Dodson. 




Anne Mercer Kornegay '66 



Marjorie McGraw McDonald '60 



Linda Mae Visocan '87 




Susan Sudduth Dodson '66 



Region IX Chairman 

Lucy Darby Cole '78 

(Mrs. Stephen J.), Dallas, TX 

Alumnae Association: 

president, SB Club of Dallas 
'89 — ; participated in arranging 
SB Day, and bulb luncheons, 
mailings, student interviews/ 
recruitment '87-'88; elected 
class co-president '88 to assist 
in her next Reunion; Dallas 
5/91 FOCUS chairman. 

Career and community: 

art history major, cum laude 
graduate; spent freshman year 
at Georgetown U as foreign 
service major; MBA '81, U 
Georgia. Currently marketing 
consultant. Principal, Dallas; 
previously a marketing 
systems director. Embassy 
Suites, Inc. and partner, Senior 
Client Service, Burke Market- 
ing Services. Member of 
Junior League (Dallas '86 — ; 



Lucy Darby Cole '78 



Chicago '85-'86; Cincinnati '83- 
'85). Special interests/ 
expertise include administra- 
tion, business, fund-raising, 
marketing, public relations; 
former board member of 
Cincinnati American Music 
Scholarship Association; 
enjoys reading, travel, 
volunteer leadership activities, 
community involvement 
Husband Stephen is with GTE. 



Elizabeth Jane (Betsy) Butler '91 



Member-At- Large 

(elected by the Class of 1991) 
Elizabeth Jane (Betsy) Butler '91 
Columbus, OH 

Betsy graduated in May with a 
degree in history and a 
European Civilization certifi- 
cate. Member of Tau Phi; the 
Friends of Art; the Sue Reid 
Slaughter Committee. A 
Pannell Scholar, during junior 
year was exchange student at 
Washington and Lee U. Betsy 
is already very familiar with 
the Alumnae Association 
through three years as student 
assistant in alumnae office. 
Plans to attend graduate 
school. 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



NOTICES 



Students holding 
special Alumnae 
Awards 1990-91 

The Helen and Edward Lane 
Scholarship 

Polly Crawford '93 
Amelia Island Florida 
The Mai^aret Cramer Crane 
Scholarship 

Arleigh Davis '91, Amherst VA 
The Aliunna Daughter Award 
Mary Anne Train Farmer "91 
Newnan, GA 
The Mary Mackintosh Sherer 
Scholarship 
Teresa Viola Jones '92 
LaGrangeville. NY 
The Manson Memorial Alumnae 
Award & The Kenmore Award 
JoetteKeatonTP'91 
Amherst ,VA 
The Elizabeth Maury Valentine 
Scholarship 

Susan Morgan '94, Richmond, VA 
The Martha Lucas Pate 
Scholarship 

Leticia Romo '92, Sweet Briar, VA 
The Mary Kendrick Benedict 
Award 
Heather Corr Service '91 

Huntington, NY 
Laju Devi Shrestha '91 
Kathmandu. Nepal 
The Harold B. Whitemjin Award 
Laju Devi Shrestha '91 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
The Eugenia GrifBn Burnett 
Scholarship 
Angela Wall '91, Richmond, VA 

McVea Scholars 1990-91 

(A McVea Scholar is #1 in her class) 
Ruth Lucille Ewers '91, Wingina, VA 
Wei Tang '92, Shanghai, China 
Heather Bowers '93, Rock Hill. SC 

1991 Presidential Medalists 
(See p. 2 ) 
Amber D. Bennett '91, 

Madison Heights, VA 
Gwen M. Fisher '91, Ruckersville, VA 

Recent Deaths 

Mrs. James A. Baker, Jr. 

(Bonner Means AC) April 26, 1991 
Elizabeth H. Mills AC 

September 10. 1990 
Mrs. W. O. Tracy (Blanche 

Shirley AC) October?, 1990 
Mrs. W. Sterling Edwards, Jr. 

(Elizabeth Wyman AC) 

March 15. 1991 
Mrs. Charles Nevens 

(Marjorie French '14) 

January 13, 1991 
Elizabeth N. Wilson '18 

November 20, 1990 
Mrs. Thomas Branch Scott, Jr. 

(Carrie T. Taliaferro '19) 

February 1, 1991 
Mrs. Robert T. Sewell 

(Edna Sloan '20) date unknown 



Mrs. E. Dwight Rodda (Anne K. 

Carroll '22) September 13, 1990 
Mrs. Hollis Rinehart, Jr. (Hathaway 

Wright '22) July 29, 1990 
Mrs. Yerby Chambers (Cusseta 

Beaton '23) December, 1989 
Mrs. W. R Ftosch (Yelena 

Grgitch'23) February 6, 1991 
Mrs. Margaret N. Test (Margaret 

Nbcon '23) April 21, 1990 
Mrs. Ross Preston (Helen K. 

Quayle '23) December 27, 1989 
Mrs. Conyers Read (Evelyn 

Plummer '23) January 14, 1991 
Mrs. Leonard J. Langbein (Alice L 

Carper "24) February 8, 1991 
Mrs. Richard A. Carrington, Jr. 

(AHarrellJames'24) 

January 19, 1991 
Mrs. Joseph W. Crothers 

(Elizabeth Sparrow '24) May 6, 1990 
Mrs. Benjamin Wham (Virginia 

Buffington '25) December 14, 1990 
Mrs. John Dempster (Mary 

Hampton Martin '25) 

March 6, 1991 
Mrs. Charles David Thomas (Edith 

Bregenzer '26) date unknown 
Mrs. L. D. Arthur (Mary Elizabeth 

Loughery '26) February 24, 1990 
Mrs. Robert Mauchel (Katheryn 

Meyer '28) February 15, 1990 
Mrs. Donald J. Horn (Dorothy 

Meginniss '28) August 20, 1990 
Mrs. George A. Medinger 

(Margaret Breckenridge '29) 

December, 1990 
Mrs. Raymond Plamp (Louise 

Chapman '29) February 2, 1991 
Mrs. William M. Transou 

(Anna Stamps Holdemess '30) 

date unknown 
Mrs. Ronald MacClintock (Anne U. 

Lewis '30) February 24, 1991 
Mrs. Howard Sloan (Eleanor 

Williams '30) December, 1990 
Mrs. Arthur L. Bumet, Jr. 

(Martha J. McCowen '31) 

December 18, 1990 
Mrs. Raymond S. Lees 

(Geraldine D. Mallory '33) 

December 26, 1990 
Mrs. Ross Durham (Henrietta 

Melton '33) November 17, 1990 
Mrs. Walter B. Meigs (Helen R. 

Finley '36) date unknown 
Mrs. Allan C. Wills Oane Bemis '38) 

April 6, 1991 
Mrs. Arthur P. Latham (Eylese E. 

MiUer '38) January 12, 1990 
Mrs. John B. Forse 

Ooy Carter '40) June 5. 1990 
Mrs. Betty I. Phillips (Betty Nell 

Irvine '41) date unknown 
Mrs. John E. Flaherty 

(Alice Meeds '41) October, 1990 
Mrs. Paul Shashy (Nancy Scott '44) 

November 7, 1990 
Mrs. John R. Coupland III (Susan 

Buchanan '45) December 25, 1990 
Mrs. Margot Aghnides (Margot D. 

Enright '45) January 28, 1991 
Mrs. Thomas R. Hickey (Louise 

Furber '45) February 23, 1991 



Mrs. John W. Olvey, Jr. (Mary 

Greer '45) date unknown 
Mrs. Henry B. Shelton (Virginia B. 

Whitaker '45) date unknown 
Mrs. John A. Brown, Jr. (Patricia 

Arms '46) March. 1991 
Mrs. Hugh Hamilton Sprunt 

(Barbara G. Hood '46) April 1, 1991 
Margaret Chisholm '51 

February 27. 1991 
Mrs. Francis Fisher (Patricia R. 

Tuttle '51) date unknown 
Mrs. John R McGhee (Georgia 

Motz '53) date unknown 
Mrs. Radford Lovett (Fiatharine 

Howe '55) January 9, 1991 
Mrs. A. Thomas Friend (Susan Ann 

Smith '57) October 20, 1990 
Mrs. Elizabeth McGowin (Elizabeth 

Pearson '60) date unknown 
Eleanora Lee Marshall '70 

date unknown 
Mrs. William A. Gatlin III (Daphne 

A Drennon '72) December, 1990 
Susan Ellen Hair '90 

January 19, 1991 

Former feculty/ staff 

Mrs. Elizabeth Hume Can- 
Assistant Dean of Students 1962-71 
April 28, 1990 

Mrs. Virginia McGehee Kitchen 
Supervisor, Halls of 
Residence 1966-80 
April 24, 1991 

Mrs. Gerhard S. Masur 
Part-time, Department of English. 
1946-50 
February 11, 1991 




BenReid, 1918-1990 

The Sweet Briar community 
learned with sadness of the death of 
Benjamin L. Reid on November 30, 
1990 at Holyoke Hospital in South 
Hadley, Massachusetts. 

Ben Reid graduated from the Uni- 
versity of Louisville in 1943 with a 
Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1970, his 
alma mater presented him with an 
honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. 
He received the MA from Columbia 
University in 1950 and his Ph.D. from 
UVAin 1957. He served in Sweet Briar's 
English department as assistant pro- 



fessor from 1951 to 1957, when he 
resigned to teach at Mount Holyoke. 

Author of two full-length biogra- 
phies, a volume of memoirs and doz- 
ens of essays and poems, Ben won a 
Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for The Man 
From New York: John Quinn and His 
Friends. His interest in Quinn, an im- 
portant figure in modem art and lit- 
erary circles, traced back to his own 
undergraduate days at the University 
of Louisville when he did equal 
amounts of study in art history and 
literature. A Fulbright Research grant 
allowed him to travel in Europe and 
interview people closely connected with 
Quinn'slife, including T. S. Eliot, Ezra 
Pound and the widow of W. B.Yeats. 

Ben's most recent book. Necessary 
Lives (University of Missouri Press, 
1990) is a collection of nine essays on 
various authors such as Keats and 
Eliot which draws on his expertise 
as a biographer. In the introduction 
he wrote, "Biography is one of the 
things we need. For it tells us in sig- 
nal instances, illustrious or infamous, 
in any case exemplary, what it has 
meant to be human, to live a life. That 
seems to me biography's essential 
duty, its essential pleasure." 

In 1976 another book. The Lives 
of Roger Casement, was a finalist for a 
National Book Award. The volume 
considers one of the most enigmatic 
figures in the long history of troubles 
between England and Ireland, a man 
who was knighted in 1911 for distin- 
guished service as a British foreign 
officer and hanged five years later for 
high freason to the Crown. 

Active in literary endeavors after 
retirement Ben edited a volume of 
poems by his late son Colin, served 
as chair of the Pulitzer jury making 
recommendations for 1984 finalists in 
biography and autobiography and 
served on the national jury to award 
fellowships in literature for the Na- 
tional Endowment for the Humanities. 

In addition to his volume of mem- 
oirs. First Acts (1988), he wrote Art 
By Subtraction: A Dissenting Opinion 
of Gertrude S/fm(1958), William But- 
ler Yeats: Tlie Lyric of Tragedy {\963) . 
Vie Long Boy and Others: Eighteenth 
Century Studies (1969) and Tragic Oc- 
casions: Essays on Several Forms (1971). 

"Reid was a superb stylist whose 
command of the English language 
was second to none," said James Ellis, 
colleague and longtime fi-iend. "A re- 
markable aspect about him was his 
versatility as a discriminating teacher 
of authors from Shakespeare to 
Faulkner. One of his greatest heroes 
was the 18th century literary figure 
Samuel Johnson, who shared his 
sometimes intimidating eloquence." 

He is survived by his wife Jane, 
who also taught in Sweet Briar's En- 
glish department: a daughter, Laurie 
McAnulty of Richmond; and three 
granddaughters. 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 




Jane Belcher 1911-1991 

Encomium 

By Richard C. Rowland, Dana 
Professor of Englisfi Emeritus 
Delivered at the Service in Thanks- 
giving for Jane Colburn Belcher, 
April 28, 1991 

We are here today to remember 
with joy and gratitude our friend Jane 
Belcher. I am not sure Jane would 
have approved. Jane was a very reti- 
cent person who did not like being 
the focus of attention, nor did she 
ever, so far as I know, attend funeral 
services. I remember once long ago 
when the College had sent us for 
some reason a questionnaire which 
contained a blank for religion; how 
Jane agonized over that space, partly 
because she thought the College had 
no right to ask, partly because she 
didn't know how to fill it in. She finally 
wrote Secular Humanist. That was 
before that word had become a com- 
monplace of abuse, like another word, 
liberal, which Jane might weU have 
claimed. But if Jane was a secular 
humanist, that is to be one who trea- 
sures this remarkable world we in- 
habit values those who share it with 
her, tries to help them all find in it 
their share of happiness and justice; 
it is an honorable condition. 

She was the most generous of 
colleagues, one of the first always to 
welcome newcomers and for many 
years one of a group — Laura 
Buckham, Beth Muncy and Jane — 
who held an annual party for what 
they called The Dear Departing, ev- 
eryone who was leaving the next year, 
whether for retirement or sabbatical, 
or because they had only been hired 
as a sabbatical replacement, or be- 
cause in fact their contract had not 
been renewed. These gatherings 
were generally held at Jane's cabin 
where she lived for many years; ev- 
eryone was able to leave Sweet Briar 
feeling valued. 

Children, often the surest judges 
of character, always loved her. When 
I told my elder daughter of Jane's 
death, she said, "Oh, what 1 first re- 
member about Jane is how she came 
around one day and carried us two 
girls off to the cabin for a lovely day 



of making raspberry shrub." I'm sure 
Wendy Hoilman remembers happy 
hours spent at the end of term help- 
ing Jane clean up the biology lab. Jane 
served at Sweet Briar from 1940 to 
1975 and in that time she must have 
been a member of every committee 
there was. On the Instruction Com- 
mittee she was always willing to en- 
courage innovation; she was one of 
the most determined supporters of 
the Envfronmental Studies program, 
so it was appropriate that she became 
the Duberg Professor of Ecology. On 
the Admissions Committee she kept 
a sympathetic eye out for the Odd Girl 
Out the candidate whose record was 
not dazzling but whose writing 
showed some quirk of originality. She 
treated her students with great seri- 
ousness; she disliked power and pre- 
tence, valued the shy, the awkward, 
the misfit. She had been there her- 
self as a freshman in a Seven Sisters 
college. She was also, 1 am afraid, the 
despair of Peter Daniel. Once her 
friend Ruth Dickens, helping to tidy 
Jane's desk, found a salary check 2 
1/2 years old, still uncashed. Peter's 
records were thrown into confusion 
by Jane's indifference to such mun- 
dane matters. 

She served not only the CoUege 
but the greater community. In the 
early '60s she worked on the Lynch- 
burg Council on Human Relations as 
it sought to bring black and white citi- 
zens together. When in 1968 the Rev- 
erend Martin Luther King was assas- 
sinated. Sweet Briar had two black 
students, admitted under a temporary 
injunction while the College appealed 
the racial restriction enforced by the 
state's interpretation of the College's 
charter. Those two students asked 
appropriate members of the College 
administration if a memorial service 
for Dr. King could be held in the Col- 
lege Chapel but were rebuffed. It was 
toJaneBelcherthat they turned in their 
frusfration. She rallied colleagues and 
a service was held, the administration 
coming aboard in the end. Those of 
us who were there remember it as a 
very moving experience; the Chapel 
was packed — many students, much of 
the staff, much of the black commu- 
nity of Amherst But few knew that 
that service would not have taken 
place had Jane Belcher not stepped in. 

After her retirement she lived in 
Pittsford, Vermont in the house her 
grandmother built for herself and her 
family, including her mother and 
three unmarried sisters... a wonderful, 
rambling structure which many 
Sweet Briar folk have enjoyed, its 
walls covered with paintings by Jane's 
grandmother and Jane's Aunt Hilda, 
both of whom made their living as 
artists, its floors covered with most 
marvelous hooked rugs made by 
Margaret Jane's mother. There Jane 
turned her boundless energy to or- 
ganizing the Pittsford Historical So- 
ciety. She and her sister Barbara col- 
lected the contents of all the attics of 
Pittsford and spent much of their time 



identifying, cataloging, recording all 
the minutiae of the life of a small town, 
so easily lost, so important to a sense 
of self and place. I have called Jane a 
liberal; she was also, you see, a con- 
servative. Last year the main room in 
the museum was named, in honor of 
Jane and her sister, the Belcher- 
Mericle Room. 

Our sympathy goes out to Bar- 
bara, to Jane's brother Pat and his 



wife Louise, to her three nephews 
who knew so well what a wonderful 
thing an aunt can be. But it goes out 
to the College too, for there are many 
among 35 years worth of former col- 
leagues and students for whom Jane 
Belcher represented all that we most 
valued in our College; she was not 
only the backbone but also the con- 
science of Sweet Briar. 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



A Student's Remembrance of a Prototype Educator 

Dr. Anna Chao Pai '57 

Having spoken to her on the phone in January v>/hen it appeared she had 
made a miraculous recovery from cancer,l was stunned to hear that Jane 
Belcher had passed away on April 6. I am glad, though, that the last 
conversation we had was so upbeat, and I shall remember always her voice 
sounding as it did 35 years ago when I was a biology major, and a youngster 
struggling to find her identity. 

I came to Sweet Briar after a nomadic existence as an immigrant during and 
after World War II. This does not make for a strong sense of security in a 
youngster, and the intimate nature of the Sweet Briar community was just what 
this naive, unsophisticated freshman needed and stumbled into. Chief among 
the factors that I encountered in college which led me by the hand into a 
realization of self was my major professor, Jane Belcher. 

Miss Belcher, as she has always remained to me, used to refer to me as a 
barometer because my moods bounced so up and down. What I did not 
appreciate then, but realize and appreciate now was that she was sensitive 
enough to notice when a student was troubled, and caring enough to inquire 
about it. Teaching should be above all else a human-oriented profession, but 
not everyone in the profession necessarily practices it as such. Miss Belcher 
epitomized this aspect of teaching, and she practiced it superbly. I cannot 
remember ever having the feeling that I should not go to her with a question or 
just to chat because it would be an interruption or an imposition on a professor 
with a heavy teaching load. 

This is not to say she was an easy touch for a grade. In fact, when I told her 
I had decided to major in biology, I remember her saying that getting an A as 
a biology major is next to impossible. (Those days students never questioned 
such statementsi) And so she challenged her students, and made them reach 
for excellence. When I was down about my GRE scores that were acceptable 
in the aptitude part, but less so in the achievement part, she encouraged me 
with a chuckle, "Well, what that means. Chips, is there's hope!" 

Having seen me wage a grudging battle with a bumblebee I was trying to 
net for entomology, and having had to let down this city slicker easy when, 
during a field trip, I thought I had found exotic eggs of some sort (they were 
rabbit droppings). Miss Belcher had the insight to realize that field biology was 
not my forte! One of the most important functions an educator can perform for 
her students is to recognize their limitations. Between my junior and senior 
years, she recommended me to a summer research training program at the 
Jackson Memorial Cancer Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. No doubt her letter 
of recommendation helped me get into the program, and a career was bom. 
What she did was what any mentor should do — she opened doors for me. 

Miss Belcher was the antithesis of a pedant, nor was she someone who felt 
constrained to publish paper after paper to establish her name and stature in 
science. But she had as deep and real an enjoyment of and respect for nature 
as anyone I have met. She lived in a cabin in the woods without a phone, even 
though she knew she had a severe allergy to beestings. She exposed me to 
mushroom collecting, and served me morels cooked in butter, delicious! She 
also challenged students to try chocolate-covered grasshoppers, weird! But I 
did, and though I have never come close to one since, I can tell my children with 
pride: I did something I didn't think I could do! 

I am in academe now; I have taught for a total of 24 years, 22 of them at the 
college level. I find Miss Belcher's role model for me as a professor one that 
sustains me and keeps me always aware of my students as human beings. 
Sometimes they are human beings I would like to throttle— but they have never 
been simply numbers to me. I have seen two of my students enrolled in the 
Jackson Laboratory summer program, and numerous students who have 
gone on to graduate and medical programs. Hopefully they in turn will carry on 
the tradition of caring. If I have been a factor in the lives of any of my students, 
that is the legacy that Jane Belcher left them. It is the legacy of a prototype 
educator. 

Jane Belcher graduated from Colby College, later receiving her masters 
degree from Columbiaandherdoctorate from the Universityof Missouri. Memorial 
contributions may be made to the Jane C. Belcher Scholarship Fund, Sweet Briar, 
VA 24595, or to Colby College, Waterville, ME 04901 ortothe Pittsford Historical 
Society. Pittsford VT 05763. 



1923 



The alumnae office fieard from Muriel 
Mackenzie Keily. Slie and he< sister still 
live in Betfiesda, MD and visit Ml summers, 
Muriel has 2 sons, 7 grandchildren, 1 1 great 
grandchildren Helen McMahon is well, 
continues to enjoy campus events. In Fort 
Worth, TX Lorna Weber Dowling is grate- 
ful to be in reasonably good health after Feb 
surgery. 



1924 



Esther Jack Arnold is cheerful despite 
poor health. She enjoys her son Jack, a doc- 
tor, who lives nearby, and his children — 3 
half-grown boys and a girl who arrived last fall. 
El Harned Arp is in Naples, FL, "a wonder- 
ful place to spend the winter " Carol Flynn 
Eley and Bernlce Hulburd visited El there 
at Christmas Frederica Bernhard plans for 
her 90th which she will celebrate at Hilton 
Head with 34 relatives. She sends best wishes 
to Mary Rich Robertson as does Pliyllis 
Millinger Camp. Since her husband 
George's death in 5/88, Phyllis lives with her 
daughter Amy Marshall nearby and manages 
to get to church and shop. Clara King Max- 
well, though crippled with arthritis, lives in 
her 62-year-old house with the part-time help 

01 an LPN. One married son is 1 mins. away, 
the other 35 mins away. Clara has 3 married 
granddaughters and 3 gra/ little grandsons, 
Mary Rich Robertson says the worst pari 
of her accident was a head injury which still 
affects her handwriting. She sends regards to 
all, and says Jean Taylor is a wonder! Betty 
Tranter is recovering from gall bladder sur- 
gery. She spent 6 weeks last summer at her 
cottage in Canada; her son, his wife and their 

2 daughters came for several weeks. Betty's 
older granddaughter is in a bell ringers' group 
at church and they played at the White House 
in Dec Elsie Wood Von Maur still raises 
money for the symphony and has 10 grand- 
children and 5 great grandchildren. Marie 
Brede Brown Zimmerman lives in St 
Anne's Mead Retirement Home in Southfield, 
Ml Her daughter, Mary Frances Brown Ballard 
'49 wrote her card since Marie can't see well 
though can play bridge. Marie sends love to 
all. 



1928 



The alumnae office heard from Grace 
Sollitt who urges classmates to send their 
news also to The Alumnae Office. Sweet Briar, 
VA 24595. Dorothy Bunting has shared her 
sister's home (Daphne Bunting Blair 27) 
since 1/88. Dorothy gave up her aparfment 



shortly alter the passing ol Daphne's husband 
Larry. The sisters keep very active and continue 
to spend a month every summer in the back- 
woods of Ontario. 



1931 



President: Natalie Roberts Lemon 
Secretary: Anne Toole Rotter Wellford 

Dorothy Ayres Holt was 7 weeks in 
hospital getting a new knee. She had a won- 
derful trip to Russia with 6 days on the Volga, 
Keeps busy with local hospital. Church (the 
second oldest Congregational Church build- 
ing in CT), and politics In touch with Eda 
Bainbridge Kolbe, Polly Woodward Hill: 
saw Marty McBroom Shipman in FL last 
winter Martha von Briesen spent June 1- 
3 at SBC enjoying alumnae reunions. Kather- 
ine Beury McFall '31 and husband Tucker 
moved to Westminster-Canterbury (Lynch- 
burg) which is also Martha's and Ella Wil- 
liams Fauber's home. Martha said, "It is my 
great pleasure to have become acguainted with 
our new young president, Barbara Hill, and her 
husband John, professor ol English at the US. 
Naval Academy. My vicarious travel last sum- 
mer was the camping trip of 3 von Briesen 
nephews to East Germany and parts of Poland, 
in search ol ancient von Briesen manors They 
met distant Polish kin named Breza, had a 
great time and learned a lot. So have I, by their 
travel accounts " 

tsabelle Bush Thomasson was hon- 
ored as one of Montgomery's 10 most out- 
standing women at a "Women of Achievement" 
luncheon sponsored by the Montgomery Ad- 
vertiser an6 the Alabama Journal. She is also 
in the Alabama Education Hall of Fame al Troy 
U, A Mobile native, she and husband Alfred are 
longtime residents of Montgomery; they also 
have a home at Point Clear. She is pleased with 
the activity in the Burgess-Mobile College 
Home, which she helped make available as the 
college president's residence. It was her 
grandfather's home She served 4 terms on the 
AL State Board ol Education. An honorary 
member ot the Landmarks Foundation, she is 
a former trustee ol Huntington College, and 
served on the boards of the American Red 
Cross, Y.M.C.A , Mobile Jr. League, and Keep 
Montgomery Beautiful. She has 2 sons. 

Jean Cole Anderson enjoyed summer 
yard work with her son. Otherwise had stints 
at the Church Thrift Shop, garden club meet- 
ings and Travelogs which Helen Lawrence 
VanderHorst and she enjoy during winter. 
Virginia Cooke Rea says 1990's greatest 
happening in her family is a new Korean 
grandchild: daughter Jane and husband 
adopted a 2nd Korean child through the 
"Grandma Holtz Program," which brings ille- 
gitimate babies to Portland, OR. One is 4, the 
other 1 Their Ann and Roger are backpacking 
in Africa 4 months as the 1st pari of a year- 



long trip around the world. Since her SB. Jr. 
Year in France, Ann has taught French in DC. 
Ginny and Fritz have been slowed by his eye- 
sight and hearing loss, but live busy lives. 

Jean Countryman Presba s travels 
include Denver, lor son David's lovely garden 
wedding in a beautiful setting, then a lew days 
at Breckenridge in the mountains, Spring 
Green, Wl and Taliesin. the home and school 
started by Frank Lloyd Wright, and a nostal- 
gic trip to the Upper Peninsula and Ml 
Northwoods Club south ol Ishpeming where 
they once had a summer cabin Jean grew and 
dried herbs and Bill fished They looked for- 
ward to FL 1 1/1 . Evelyn Day Mullen had a 
wonderful trip to Egypt 1 2/90 on the SBC tour- 
"a perfectly handled tour, congenial people and 
perfect weather Josephine Gibbs DuBois 
still does synchronized swimming, volunteers 
at the hospital, and delivers Meals-on-Wheels 
Spent a week with Polly Swift Calhoun 
7/90, visited Carolyn Blouin '30 in ME Vis- 
ited her daughter in Dillon, CO, 9/90: "Beau- 
tiful country," 

Laura Howe Smith wrote. Life here 
(Mitchellville, MD) reminds me ot S.B. in our 
day-a lovely quiet spot in the country, very 
nice people, but hard to get out of if you are 
easily lost on strange roads It's a challenge." 
Nancy Hunter had a "delightful" 2-week tour 
in Morocco 5/90 She and 2 friends drove to 
Newfoundland 7/90 for a week. She says at our 
time of life we are entitled to brag a little-she 
celebrated her 80th birfhday by hiking up Mt 
Le Conte in the Smokey Mts , an 1 1 mi. round 
trip. She hikes often. Elizabeth Kremer 
Solliday lost her husband some years ago. 
Lives in a retirement community in her own 
cottage. Went to her West Palm Beach. FL 
mobile home for the winter. Has 4 children— 
2 girls. 2 boys. 9 grandchildren (7 boys. 2 
girls, scattered in several states-IN. PA and 
MD) whom she visits. Took 1 daughter on 
S.B.'s trip to Russia. " a marvelous time." Her 
daughter gives talks on the Faberge eggs, but 
saw few of them as most were on a U S.A. tour 

Helen Lawrence VanderHorst goes 
with Jean Cole Anderson to Worldwide Trav- 
elogs and garden club meetings. Helen enjoys 
visits with 4 children and families-the last one 
to MA with weekends in NH and Long Island. 
Wants very much to make our OOfhll Reunion. 
Martha McBroom Shipman has been 4 
years on a walker She had a heart attack 12/ 
89, had open heart surgery, quadruple by- 
pass. Family and friends wonderfully supporf- 
ive. She notes. "I got along tine, but it slows 
one down a bit," Lee. a granddaughter, pre- 
sented her with a great grandson in April; twin 
sister Martha had a little girl in Sept, Martha 
and State Dept. husband had been living in 
Nairobi, Three other granddaughters, all 
through college, have interesting jobs. Her 1 
grandson, F. L. Shipman, III, is a U. ot VT 
sophomore. He went with the lacrosse team to 
London at Christmas. Martha looks forward to 
60th Reunion-health permitting. Bravo 
Martha! Make it. Mary Nice Jemison has 4 
married grandchildren and 5 greats— 1 to be 
married in Nov , 2 unmarried. 

Mary Pape Whitney lost her husband, 
Arthur, 9/15/90 Virginia Quintard Bond 
recovered slowly from a hip operation— 2nd 



on same hip in 6 yrs. but went on SB's ttip to 
AK 8/90 ("It was fabulous"). Due to go to Fax 
Hill, a lite care project (retirement home) of the 
MA General Hospital 1 1/90, she put her house 
on the market: if was 1 of 4 of 20 old houses 
that sold. She had to get out by 8/1 5— the AK 
trip was 8/1 1 . her condominium not ready til 
11/1! She moved 8/8 to the home ol a friend 
for 2 months. Doesn't know where anything is, 
doesn't get 1/2 her mail, says it will take all 
winter to resettle, then she'll need another trip. 
Atta girl, Quinnie, this too will pass Her new 
address: Mrs. Edward L Bond, 10 Longwood 
Drive, Apt. 156, Westwood. MA 02090 

Anne Toole Rotter Wellford has 3 
children — 2 daughters. 1 son, and 6 grand- 
children — 2 girls, 4 boys. One granddaugh- 
ter, a Harvard grad. is in her 2nd year at Yale 
Med. School. A grandson, a Deertield Acad- 
emy. MA grad, is a jr. at UNO. Chapel Hill; 
another is an early acceptance freshman at 
Harvard, another at Salisbury School in CT and 
1 is in 3rd grade at Tower Hill School, Wilm- 
ington. DE. Second granddaughter. 7. is also 
at Tower Hill I broke an arm in Jan.. but healed 
in 6 wks In April our home was open tor VA's 
Historic Garden Week. See many SB, girls in 
Richmond and other parts ol VA. Many thanks 
to all ol you who made these notes possible. 
Ruth Schott Brenner and Earl built a small 
house across the river in Weston, MO, and 
hoped to move in by Christmas. They still go 
to their home and boat at Lake ot the Ozarks. 
Both are line. Earl recovered successfully from 
a hernia operation 

Helen Sim Mellon s new address 
Crestwood Manor D 215, 50 Lacey Road, 
Whiting. NJ 08759. Moved 6/20. and likes the 
place and the people. They expected to go to 
New England last fall, to Bermuda at Christ- 
mas. Polly Swift Calhoun's husband Frank 
had a stroke in Jan., her 24-hr, duly replaced 
all her volunteer jobs. She has had a lot of help 
from V.N.A.. family, friends. Had 2 lovely vis- 
its from Jo Gibbs DuBois and her son and 
daughter and lunch with Jo and Carolyn "30 
and Maury Blouin. Polly wants the bulb project 
back-her longtime customers are all sad, Oria 
Washabaugh Shenk had some health prob- 
lems the last 2 years Moved 6/90 to Canter- 
bury Tower, 3501 Bayshore Blvd. #1208, 
Tampa, FL 33629. Has a studio unit-a big 
change, but delighttul people there, she is ad- 
justing Magnificent view ot Tampa Bay: when 
she is able, plays bridge. Was invited to a gath- 
ering for VA college alumnae but had to miss 
it, 

Ella Williams Fauber -2 grandchildren 
married, both living in Richmond: no greats 
yet; 6 more granddaughters to go-with wed- 
dings she hopes. Harriet Wilson Tarbert 
and Walter love Sherwood Oaks, a long-term 
care tacility. have many friends there and are 
not tar from her daughter and Walter's son. 
Both well, keep busy. She put her Ligonier. PA 
mountain home on the market. They have bus 
service into Pittsburgh, meet friends for lunch, 
shopping. Mary Pringle '34 is a neighbor 
there. She misses seeing Eda Bainbridge 
Kolbe in Naples. FL, but the Tarberts no 
longer go South Eda is in a similar place, 
BentleyVillage, near Naples. Harriet says chil- 
dren, grandchildren all well and successful. 



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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



1932 



President: Eleanor Wright Conway 
Secretary: Emma Green Kennon 
Fund Agent: IMarjorie Ward Cross 

I was saddened by the death of our sweet 
and lovely Heien Pratt Secrest 2/1 9/90, in 
Washington, DC, after a long illness; and by 
the death of Virginia Jemison Higgins in 

Thomasville. GA. Ojr love and sympathy go 
to their loved ones. Eleanor Wright 
Conway lost her husband, Ted, in Sept. to 
cancer. Both had bravely fought it for a year. 
Ted was a splendid and remarkable man. Af- 
ter retiring from the U.S. Army as a Four Star 
General, he went to Dul<e Univ. and completed 
his Ph.D. They had 2 wonderful daughters, one 
a SB graduate, Laura Conway IVIason 61 , 
several grandchildren and a little great grand- 
son born in AK 2 years ago. We send our dear- 
est love to El, our devoted class president. 
Marion (Pat) Malm Fowler said Mac suf- 
fered a devastating stroke and the doctors have 
little hope for improvement. However, he is as 
sweet as ever and she cares lor him devotedly- 
her family is wonderful support. They have 3 
great grandchildren and expect 3 more in 
1991. Pat, we send our love and hope to you 
and Mac. Edwin and Suzanne Gay plan to go 
to Antigua as usual tor their winter vacation. 
Their highlight was the birth of a new grand- 
son. 

Ruth Remon McRae, full of energy and 
responsibilities, is on the Finance Committee 
for George Washington Univ. Hospital 
Women's Board. She plays bridge and now 
plays in 2 marathons, travels a lot and planned 
to accompany her daughter to San Francisco. 
Ruth hoped to lunch with Jane Hays 
Dowler. When Ruth goes to NY to see about 
her eye problem, she enjoys a visit with her NY 
daughter Virginia Squibb (Squibby) 
Flynn and Jim volunteer and visit their chil- 
dren. They go to Naples, FL, again this winter 
and she looks forward to seeing Hazel 
Stamps Collins and Emily Maxwell 
Littlepage at the annual Sweet Briar lun- 
cheon. Emily winters in Sarasota. She cel- 
ebrated her 80th with a fun party and hopes to 
visit her daughter who moved to Atlanta last 
year. I hope she does. Hazel spends fall, win- 
ter and spring in Naples, and this year spent 
Christmas in San Antonio with her daughter, 
Cecil, and family, so I haven't seen her in some 
time. 

Barbara Munter Purdue had a bad 
problem with her back, with osteoporosis, and 
was in hospital. She is on a new drug and can 
go to Honolulu with Bob on their annual com- 
bination business and winter vacation trip. 
They do business in Honolulu and vacation on 
Maui. She always sees Mildred Larimer and 
Marge Hastert'31 there. I hope to visit them 
in Seattle this year Henrietta Bryan Alphln 
and Tom at Thanksgiving moved 1/2 mile to 
the farmhouse they are restoring and remod- 
eling. Sounds idyllic. She works with the Res- 
cue Sguad and enjoys those young people. 
Alice Dabney Parker had 3 weeks in France 
in April, and a trip to Portugal and Madeira in 



Sept. As well as happy visits with daughters. 
The biggest family event was the arrival of Alice 
Dabney Donigan, her namesake. Between 
Christmas and New Year's, she enjoyed a fam- 
ily gathering in the Berkshires, 

Stuart Groner Moreno wrote from San 
Diego that she and Jack planned a Mediterra- 
nean cruise in April. She wrote before Desert 
Storm and their plans may be tabled now. Jack 
is treasurer of their church and she still takes 
plants to people "who need a small surprise." 
Doesn't she sound as sweet and darling as 
ever?! Their daughter is in Tuscaloosa taking 
counseling courses at the univ. Doris 
Hodgdon Wenning moved to Orlando, FL. 
Amalie Frank Kohn is trying to talk her into 
coming to our 60th next year. Amalie saw Ted 
Clary Treadwell in Washington, DC at their 
62nd Central H.S. reunion. She keeps up with 
Lib Doughtie Bethea and they hope to be 
roommates again at our 60th. She visits chil- 
dren and grandchildren. Pat Ward Cross, 
our faithful and so efficient fund agent, still 
teaches American Furniture at the Academy of 
Lifelong Learning in Wilmington, DE, and vol- 
unteers at Winterlhur. She hopes to see Jean 
Van Home Baber 33 in Dec Jane Hays 
Dowler says, "Now that I'm 80, 1 may just 
hang around to see the new century, along with 
a 60th reunion in 1992, a few marriages, 
graduations, and births of great grandchil- 
dren." I love her enthusiasm! 

A note from Mildred Hodges Ferry was 
so welcome. She lives 6 mos. in Birmingham 
where she works for several charities and the 
church. In mid-April, she moves to her sum- 
mer home on Lookout Mountain at Mentone, 
AL. She has company often, and she and her 
dogs walk daily. I saw Courtenay Cochran 
Ticer in Nov. She came to spend Thanksgiv- 
ing with her daughter in Atlanta, Lib 
Douglass Foote and I lunched with her and 
what a happy event it was. Courtenay is slim 
and elegant! And is her same old self-fun to 
be with. Some years ago, she had open-heart 
surgery and recovered splendidly. Recently, 
she had eye surgery at Johns Hopkins and 
again, with new glasses, she bounced back in 
good shape. She is very happy at Williamsburg 
Landing retirement home apts. Dorothy 
Smith Berkeley always sends news. She 
told me that Constance Fowler Keebler is 
happy in her retirement home in Beaverton, 
OR, close to her younger son and family. Her 
older son, in Germany, retired early for health 
reasons Marjorie Miller Close visited her 
son and daughter in Victoria, B.C., while Jack 
and a grandson went to Tierra del Fuego. 

Edmund and Dot Smith spent last sum- 
mer at Squam again finishing the editing of 
John Bartram correspondence which is to be 
published by the Univ. of FL press. Elizabeth 
Layfield Smith spent Christmas in Denver 
with 2 daughters. Her 3rd daughter lives in San 
Francisco with her lawyer husband and a 
freshman son at Berkeley. She lives in her 
house in Raleigh, NC, and has a grandson 
getting an MBA at Harvard. Lib lost her hus- 
band and mother last year, both after long ill- 
nesses. We send her love and sympathy. Lib 
Douglass Foote, my dear friend and neigh- 
bor, with her older daughter, Bea Talley, hosted 
a party before Thanksgiving to celebrate Lib's 



80th birthday and Bea's 50th. Several days 
before Christmas, Lib went to the hospital 
where they diagnosed a leaking heart valve. 
Fortunately it can be controlled with medica- 
tion and she came home Christmas Day. She 
is still weak but improving daily. 

After a quiet year while Hugh had hip re- 
placement surgery, he and Anna Gilbert 
Davy are on the go again. Europe in May, 
SepL, on the East Coast, then New England 
and eastern Canada. Their whole family was 
together for Christmas and they feel very lucky. 
A note from Nancy Wilson Mann sounds 
as though she is fine. Ealing an oyster sand- 
wich, she thought of how the oysters are be- 
coming extinct. I feel that way too about 
oysters, having been raised on the coast. Her 
7 grandchildren are flourishing and she has 
been sendingpaperbacks to soldiers and sail- 
ors in the Persian Gulf, but feels pessimistic, 
as lots of us do, about the war. I saw Peggy 
Hall in Wilmington, NC, last summer. She still 
lives in her apartment with good help. Her 
osteoporosis is not any worse and, while she 
doesn't get out much, she is not housebound. 

I had a wonderful trip to Eastern Europe 
last June. A few days in Munich, then 
Oberammergau and the Passion Play. After 
that boarded a Russian riverboat and sailed 
down the Danube to the Black Sea. We had 4 
enchanting days in Istanbul before flying 
home. I loved every minute but I surely was 
tired when I got home. I decided to make that 
my swansong to faraway places. A highlight 
was the birth of my great grandson, born to my 
granddaughter, Catherine, and her husband, 
Michael Day. I try not to be obnoxious about 
him! 

All of us have had tragedy-as well as hap- 
piness, in our lives, some more than others. 
But I am amazed at the strength and gratitude 
and joie de vivre that shows through our news 
every year. Not to be bragging, I think we are 
a pretl^ good old bunch! 



1935 



Chairman: Anne Baker Gerhart 

Secretary: Mary V. Marks 

Fund Agent Lucy (Hobby) Hoblitzell 

Sitting at the typewriter wondering howto 
greet you, I decided to have a look at that vi- 
tality-plus group in the 55th Reunion picture. 
All 11 of us look terrific and we certainly en- 
joyed each other and being on campus. 
Hester Kramer Avery and I joined other 
alumnae choir members. Betty Thompson 
Reif investigated all the new buildings/reno- 
vations and "rejoiced to see and hear about the 
wonderful growth and progress of the College, 
both academic and physical- and beauty of it 
all." Betty drove down with Anne Baker 
Gerhart, just returned from overseas. 

Thanks to Frances (Poody) Morrison 
Ruddell for her stint as class chairman-ever 
gracious and thoughtful. She relinquished 
duties to Anne with the promise that our 60th 
will be greeted with enthusiasm. Poody loves 
condominium living with her walled-in patio/ 



garden area and a spectacular view providing 
beauty sans responsibility. She'll miss that 
while in AZ this winter. Back to Hester-she 
drove from Colorado Springs where her con- 
dominium overlooks Pikes Peak and the Gar- 
den of the Gods. But she is mostly on the wing 
flying to Virginia Beach or Boston to be with 
sons and families— 1 3 grandchildren to keep 
track of. Was glad Alice Laubach, another 
classmate who does solo driving, came to 
Reunion, bringing good weather with her. A 
year ago she flew to Hong Kong, Bangkok and 
Singapore for- she says-her last time in the 
Far East. She drives for Meals on Wheels, reg- 
istering voters, serving on an arbitration panel 
of the Better Business Bureau, bi-weekly 
bridge games, visiting friends. Lucy (Hobby) 
Hoblitzell, bless her, agreed to remain fund 
agent. She stayed with Helen McMahon but 
met us for meals and special funchons. She 
always represents us at Alumnae Council and 
saw Judy Halliburton Davis and husband 
at the Oct. dinner dance. Judy was at Reunion 
and always makes us proud of her insights and 
optimism about SBC. 

Lavalette Dillon Wintzer and Alma 
Simmons Rountrey are full of energy and 
good humor. We seem to get to know each 
other better each time we meet. Lav sold her 
old Victorian place in Elkhart Lake but goes 
back for a summer month. Her golf swing is 
better than ever; she finds duplicate bridge 
challenging, but lessons "keep my feeble mind 
active." Alma renewed friendships with former 
World War II co-workers at the Signal Corps; 
they spent a month together in Naples, FL. She 
took time off from volunteer work for the Life 
Saving/Rescue Squad thrift store and in the 
office of DAWN, a local organization helping 
the needy with food baskets and assistance. 
She takes piano lessons for fun. Helen 
Wolcott and I traveled together to Reunion. 
We live near enough to enjoy occasional 
shows, meals, gossip. We enjoyed meeting the 
new president at a cocktail buffet at the Willard 
Hotel sponsored by the Washington SB Club 
and the Board of Overseers. I later met the fa- 
ther of a current student who said the quality 
of that function reinforced his pleasure that his 
daughter chose SBC! Helen has a busy life of 
outreach to her church, the Presbyterian Home, 
her long-time neighbors and old friends. This 
summer was in ME and on Cape Cod. My 
summer whizzed by; when I got to the point 
that mind and body protested I spent some 
hme with family in Richmond and at our farm 
where I won the battle with bag worms on my 
favorite cedar. Remember the boxwood bush 
we each received at graduation-mine had lost 
its shape due to japonica and 2 volunteer trees, 
but has been cleared and wafts pungent aroma 
as a thank you. It's huge. 

Last week I drove to Annapolis to see 
Beverly Hill Furniss. She planned to move 
to the Mobile, AL area in Jan. We had a deli- 
cious lunch and time to reminisce. She looks 
marvelous, full of the joy of living. She saw 
Cary Burwell Carter and Natalae 
Strickland Waters in Sanibel, FL in Feb. 
Cary has a rough time with arthritis but her son 
is handy when needed. Becky Young Frazer 
wrote that she and Natalae went to Egypt and 
on a cruise up the St Lawrence with ports in 



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ME, Nova Scotia and Canada. Becky gives 
most ol her time to rehabilitation of the handi- 
capped. We have a bride in our midst, Ann 
Temple married Elmer (Bud) Samson 11/89. 
She missed Reunion because they tool< a 5- 
week trip to England. They divide time between 
her home in Houston and his in S. tjke Tahoe. 
Our best wishes to them! I still wait to hear trom 
Dot Barnum Venter who was to be at the 
biennial meeting ol the National Society ol 
Colonial Dames ol America. She is president 
ol the CT Society. She missed Reunion be- 
cause a granddaughter was graduating Irom 
Middlebury College and going into the Peace 
Corps to Barkina Faso Alter that Dot was to 
go to Belgium, then on to join Iriends on a trip 
to northern England, Slow down in time for our 
60th, Dot. 

Another busy lady is Blandina Jones 
Skilton whose childhood dream came true 
She Hew to Frankfurt lor a 15-day tour arranged 
by the Episcopal Diocese of Central FL and 
found her experiences in Oberammergau more 
than she had hoped tor as a Sunday School 
teacher in Cuba. She also managed to see lam- 
ily in SC, NC and PA - the 6 grands and 1 
great granddaughter are great. She's grateful 
that arthritis does not keep her Irom "muddling 
along". Isabel Scrlba's new address: Apt. C- 
25, 67 Hilton Avenue, Garden City, NY 1 1530 
She is disposing of things from her house but 
will keep her FL Keys cottage. All this rearrang- 
ing of life style didn't keep her from going to 
AK although she was too late to travel with 
SBC s group Sue Wilson Rutherford has 
also moved to a less demanding situation, a 
condominium where she recuperated Irom a 
broken hip. She is mobile again. She saw 
Jean Imbrie Frey several months ago. says 
Jean has moved to her area. Anyone have more 
information or an address? 

Maud Winborne Leigh received word 
2/90 that Rebekah Huber broke her hip in a 
fall. That's the same month I slipped on ice a 
few years ago ending up with a pin and plate 
to hold me together. Be careful out there! Maud 
visits her oldest daughter in Dallas and has 
joined the ranks ol cataract implantees. Young- 
est daughter. Dr. Margaret W. Leigh, came to 
help her through surgery We hoped to see 
Mary Lou Saul Hunt at Reunion but she 
didn't make it. Her husband retired from law 
practice so I'm sure they are realigning their 
schedules to see more ol children, grand- 
daughters and 3 great grands It is so reward- 
ing to keep in touch. Just ask Julia Peterkin 
who traveled to see relatives in OH, FL, MD, 
DE and friends in Seattle. At home in 
Parkersburg, WV she gardens, continues 
church activities, AAUW, and as a decent at an 
1 800 mansion on an Ohio River island. Since 
that is not enough for a busy person she has a 
new volunteer job with Habitat for Humanity. 

I am intrigued by the card Laurose 
Schulze-Berge MacFadyen mailed Irom 
Oakland, CA although she says she struggles 
along on the same old farm, "Shaky Acres" 
(wonderful name) in Gilmanton, NH. She said 
"it you can get a copy of Sept. Yankee Maga- 
zine, it details my involvement with Peyton 
Place". I'll certainly check it out when I go to 
my volunteer stint at our central library. I'd like 
to check on Ruth Gilliland Hardman loo 



She sends greetings, says she resides happily 
in Tulsa, but time does not permit her to join 
us for Reunions. Come on, Ruth! Will I see you 
at the 60th'' What about Margaret Rose 
Turnbull'' I need more into about her "own 
office, several civic and community volunteer 
organizations and 5 adored grandchildren." 
Make notes if you get to Corpus Christi where 
she obviously lives a full life. The 1 st snow had 
fallen outside ol Denver when Jane Lawder 
wrote in early Oct She reported with enthusi- 
asm on a tour of Europe culminating in Aus- 
tria, the Italian Alps and Switzerland's Zermatt. 
The highlight ol her travel was the Passion 
Play. She agrees with Blandina that the per- 
lormance was "superb, one which delies su- 
perlatives sufficient to describe it " How 
lortunate the world is to enjoy the power of 
commitment portrayed by the citizens of 
Oberammergau. Jane is so faithful in respond- 
ing to my card, I do appreciate it. Appreciation 
also goes to Grace Langeler Irvine who 
found time to update me on her happiness in 
53 years of marriage just as she closed up the 
ME house and went to Sarasota, FL for the 
winter months. She has 5 college grandchil- 
dren and 2 in h s. 

Sue Strassburger Anderson is happy 
in her restricted but comfortable situation She 
enpys 2 grandchildren nearby but misses trips 
east to visit with daughter Valerie's family of 
boys. Sue looked forward to a short trip with 
Valerie on a Sept. visit. I'm trying to sharpen 
my bridge skills to test Sue when/it I make a 
trip to Portland It was nice to hear from Mar- 
guerite Duvall McGlnnls. Memories are 
precious as she points out I encourage all of 
us to rekindle our lives with a campus visit and 
then share feelings with longtime friends. 
Jeanne Delamarter Halversen would 
agree She is happily ensconced in a new 
condo-retirement plan where all needs are 
taken care ol. But she enjoys traveling and has 
been to Honolulu, San Francisco and Seattle 
to check up on her children's well-being. 
Jeanne: is the Winter Park address still cor- 
recf Blandina, do you knovif? I wish I knew 
who returned a card from West Palm Beach, 
No signature. However our classmate is 
"healthy and happy and interested in the world 
around me". She recently spent 2 1/2 months 
in MD where her children and 2 grandchildren 
live. 

Can't close without noting that last tall 
Ray Alder Cochran's card arrived loo late 
to meet deadline. She had a great trip to Paris 
and the south of France with a group called 
Friends of Vieilles Maisons Francaises, They 
were entertained at 7-course dinners in cha- 
teaux and castles and had a reception at the 
American Embassy Residence. 

So much for this year! Keep in trim, for- 
get the thinning hair and dilliculty hearing, 
gather ye rosebuds and pray lor peace. 



1936 



President: IVIary Virginia Camp Smith 

Secretary: Lucile Cox Jones 

Fund Agent: Mary (Polly) Rich Ewing 



Twenty-one of you answered my plea lor 
news. From each answer I am taking the main 
events of 1989, 1990 and 1991. Your whole 
card will be in the reunion scrapbook. "I imag- 
ine my lifestyle is like others from the class ol 
1 936. Watching 3 grandsons, ages 1 1 thru 1 7 
is lascinating: watching my 76 year old hus- 
band play class tennis, keeping up with my 2 
daughters " Nancy Dicks Blanton. "I am 
well and busy. Plan to be in Bonita Springs, 
FL in March tor 2 weeks visiting my brother- 
in-law and wife "La DonohueMcCormack. 
"Frank and I have 2 great granddaughters, had 
a wedding of our oldest granddaughter last 
summer and hear that our next oldest is to be 
married in May. " Katie Nlles Parker. "1990 
has been busy about 7 grandchildren. Our 
older grandson graduated from High Point 
College in NC, our oldest granddaughter mar- 
ried 2 weeks later and our granddaughter (14) 
was a Senate page at the General Assembly" 
Margaret "Smitty" Thomasson. Retire- 
ment and moving into a retirement home has 
been interesting and I enjoy living at Moravian 
Hall Square and am very involved here-play- 
ing recorder with a group and studying music 
composition and astronomy." Mary Sue 
Westcott Ubben. "This year 1 990 has been 
one ol the worst for me. Our grandson, age 22, 
was murdered by an unknown man-no clues, 
no cause-while he was in a filling station get- 
ting gas and someone drove thru and shot him 
and kept going," Mary Kate Crow Sinclair. 
"Bill and I still live in our home of the past 48 
years and love it. Our daughter still works in 
art and archaeology in Paris and our son, a 
computer scientist, works in Chicago," 
Harriet Williams Cook. 

"A delightful population explosion in the 
Lamb lamily in 1990-4 nieces and nephews 
I still decorate and do antiques." Fran Baker 
Lamb. "My husband died 12/24/89. This first 
year after 54 1/2 years of marriage has been 
difficult but survival is my middle name and I 
have had interesting trips to FL, CA, AZ, ME 
and MA " Lillian Steele Cook. "1990 a 
good year! Reunion with my 3 brothers, cel- 
ebration of our 50th wedding anniversary, 
good fishing, 2 elderhostels in Newrfound- 
land." Lillian Cabell Gay. "I slay busy with 
lamily. all here in Raleigh. Last Feb. I left for 
Kenya, by way of Hong Kong, Singapore, Thai- 
land, India-last of April, NM then Aug.. AK and 
going to England this summer." Virginia 
Camp Smith. "This has not been the best 
year. Both ol my sons had major surgery but 
are doing fine. My first great grandson, born 
in Aug., is fine but the 2nd great grandson died 
when only a week old Good news-my grand- 
daughter gets her MFLA at LA Stale in May and 
I hope to go to her graduation." Ruth Gilliam 
Vlar. "Happily my husband Jim is very much 
alive. We have 5 sons, 1 1 grandchildren, one 
step grandson, and one great grandson " Jane 
Coolldge Stevens. 

"Volunteer commitments at WET A- TV and 
Goodwin House were interesting and time con- 
suming. We had our 4th Parish Holiday in 
Wales and 2 weeks on a Russian ship cruis- 
ing to Leningrad." Margaret Robertson 
Whitney "I moved this fall to a small con- 
dominium. I am near my doctor son and his 
lamily. Daughter Margaret married to a pa- 



thologist in Gainesville, GA " Jane Shelton 
Bowers "My 3 sons, and daughter, are all 
grown up now I have 9 grandchildren to help 
keep me young after the death of my beloved 
husband in 1988 and the 2nd stroke in 1989 
of my lovely sister " Lucille Scott Knoke. 
"The best news is my granddaughter, Katie, 
will be a treshman at Sweet Briar. We cel- 
ebrated our 50th with all the family and friends 
12/14-quite a party." Martha Hornor Max- 
well. "My husband John and I are both well. 
We spent April at Sanibal Island, FL. We have 
a large tamily-6 children, 22 grandchildren, 
and 3 great grandchildren." 'Deede' Carney 
McCarthy. "Went to Japan in May on the 
Renaissance, a superbly comfortable luxurious 
little ship. Our Westminster Canterbury ol the 
Blue Ridge opens this fall after 7 years work 
and is filling up fast and really lovely "'Pinky' 
Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott. We survived 
a heavy snow storm (Jan -Boston) I expect to 
be back in Richmond in March and hope to get 
to reunion this June " Chic (Fannie) Gre- 
gory. "Jack passed away the middle ol May. I 
moved into a smaller apartment in the same 
building (#222) and am nicely settled and love 
it " Martha Williams. "Took my youngest 
grandchild to Europe Then I had back surgery. 
I've had to slow down a bit Hope to come to 
our Reunion." Peggy Huxley Dick. "George 
and I have 5 acres on this lovely island N. of 
Seattle. George is turning our woods into a 
rhododendron garden. I grow herbs and use 
them in cooking I volunteer as church librar- 
ian and we travel olten. Our son and daughter 
and their lamilies are nearby in Seattle " Emily 
Bowen Muller. 

And that's news 1 990-1 991 for us 36ers. And 
this is the end of the live year term of your 
scribe Farewell and health and happiness to 
us all in 1991 and here in Fredencksburg no 
more broken bones lor Robert, who broke his 
right hip in Jan. oil 990. 



1939 



President: Sarah Belk Gambrell 
Vice President: Patricia Baiz Vincent 
Secretary: Jean McKenney Stoddard 
Fund Agent: Julia Ridgeiy Howe 

Congrats to the lucky man who married 
Yvonne Leggett Dyer on 1 1/3. She is now 
Mrs Gordon W Sanford and the address is 8 
Locust Lane. Bronxville, NY Pretty exciting, 
no^! Lottie Lewis Woollen had a CO re- 
union in Aug with Henri Minor Hart, 
Lillian Neely Willis and Gracey Luckett 
Bradley They lunched twice with Betty 
Frazier Rinehart and Helen McCreery 
James A great gathering' Augusta Saul 
Farrier was in Scandinavia and Russia in the 
summer, and then to Washington, DC. to meet 
Sweet Briar's new president. Dr. Hill, her at- 
tractive husband and 8-year old daughter. 
Julie Saunders Michaux and Dick were 
there too Hale and hearty is how Dutch 
Hauber Crowe describes hersell and busy 
with 3 bridge clubs, the Historical Society and 
the 1 St Presbyterian Church. She went to Bel- 



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gium, Holland, Luxembourg and France, 
Betsy Bell Emmons loves Portsmouth, N.H. 
and has her daughters nearby in Portland, 
Eliot, and North Conway. She volunteers at the 
Atheneum and enjoys the Beach Club in Rye. 

"Same man, same address, same pursuits 
and liking it that way," writes Betsy 
Campbell Gawthrop. She traveled from CA 
to ME-but appreciates most being home. 
Jean Oliver (J.O.) Sartor and Alton went 
to the Oberammergau Passion Play and in Dec. 
to Africa. Their daughter, Ibby, SB'68, came 
home from Saudi Arabia in Aug. and her 
Aramco pilot husband followed. The Sartors 
had their 50th anniversary in Oct. So toe did 
Grace Robinson McGuire and Bill They 
have "10 perfect grandchildren-5 girls and 5 
boys, aged 2 to 221 Eleanor Glaflin Wil- 
liams, our Claffy, paints and shows in the 
Ariel Gallery in NYC and also in Boston at the 
"Nicole C." Plans to visit her daughter and 
grandchildren in New Zealand. Anne 
Benedict Swain toured cathedrals and gar- 
dens in England. She and Ned had many 
houseguests, and she is busy with church 
work and bridge. 

Delightful note from Betty Barnes Bird; 
she is "worried over the world situation," and 
her news, still pending, is that she will be the 
grandmother of twins at Christmas! Kay 
Richards DeLancey went to Oberammer- 
gau, sailed on the Rhine, walked on a glacier 
and toured Austria and Italy. Earlier, the whole 
family camped in the White Mountains where 
torrential rains flooded their tent. Kay has fre- 
quent visits with 2 daughters in PA and a son 
in Louisville Connie Wallace Price is 
moving from Wilmington to Chestertown, MD 
and "going back to housekeeping-of all the 
crazy thingsl" Julia Ridgely Howe is happy 
with her life in Whitefield, NH, with the moun- 
tains, her friends, and her church. She writes 
a weekly column for the Coos County Demo- 
crat. From Long Beach, WA, iVIarguerite 
Myers Glenn, whose granddaughter is a 
freshman at SB, reports going to British Co- 
lumbia with Leila Bond Preston and later 
to Billings, MT to fish and ride with her 3rd son 
and his family. 

Sorry to report the death on Aug. 18 of 
Rosalie Swartz Holland, in Vero Beach, FL 
Mary Jeff Welles Pearson has a 3rd 
grandchild, James Pearson Kelley, born to 
daughter Sally and husband Bob. Other 
daughter Betty and Mary Jeff spent a week in 
NY seeing Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Met: 
before that she put on a play for the DAR State 
Convention in Roanoke and a butterfly exhibit 
for her Garden Club in Luray, VA. Delighted 
to hear from Phyllis Todd Ellie. of Gig Har- 
bor, WA, that her small lake and timber farm 
are now in a Conservation Easement and can 
never be clear-cut or tumed into building lots. 
Anne Espade Weckler appreciates the red 
rocks and blue skies of AZ where she lives in 
Sedona. The SB cruise trips are tempting, as 
well as her husband's options from the U. of 
Ml and Stanford. Back in Minneapolis after 4 
months in Tucson volunteering with the Sanc- 
tuary Movement, is Nancy Gatch Svien. She 
helped the Central American refugees and their 
legal advisors. Her 3rd son, youngest and last 
to be married, wed his h.s. sweetheart. 



Mary Treadway Downs and Fritz had 
a cruise to SE Alaska with their whole family. 
Fritz is still in his mantel clock business and 
Tready is busy with Red Cross, Garden Club, 
bridge and golf. Lucy Gordon Jeff ers sends 
2 items: she became a grandmother for the first 
time in Aug. and believes she is the last class 
member to achieve that status! Next item: an 
imminent 2-week stay in Sicily. She also en- 
closed a NY Public Library clipping about 
Marion (Ronnie) Mann who established a 
Real Estate Law Collection in memory of her 
husband, Alfred W. Roberts. In Chautauqua 
Mardie Hodill Smith had a busy summer 
with family and they made a fine trip to Rich- 
mond, Irvington, Alexandria and Washington, 
DC where they had a private tour of the White 
House, thanks to a friend's daughter on Mrs. 
Bush's staff. 

Julie Saunders MIchaux, and her hus- 
band Dick, were at SB for the inauguration of 
President Barbara Hill, and reports that every- 
one is pleased and excited about the college's 
future. The Michaux were on the SB Alaska trip 
8/91, along with Anne Dearstyne 
Cornwell, daughter and granddaughter. Julie 
works on the new Honors Program at SB. She 
also was at the Passion Play in Oberammer- 
gau-"! haven't found out if all the 39ers who 
attended had a mini-reunion?!" In Virginia 
Beach, Ann Parks plays golf and fishes. She 
adds that "it seems ages since our reunion and 
the days pass too quickly as age creeps up." 
We're all with you, Ann, so don't worry about 
it! A "Stork Chase" is how Kay Bonsall 
Strong describes the year. She rushed to 
Princeton in Feb. when her daughter produced 
a girl, and to Johannesburg, S. Africa for the 
birth of a grandson. Back home in Noank, CT, 
she is still improving from an illness and a 
knee injury. She is busy with the Mystic Art As- 
sociation and is a deacon at the Baptist church, 

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro (Perky) 
returned to Wichita Falls after 5 months at their 
Pebble Beach, CA home. She is glad to have 
her granddaughter Linda Beltchev SB'85 and 
husband home from Zurich. The Prothros' 
youngest granddaughter. Holly, was SB bound 
this fall until a car wreck the night before leav- 
ing. She now plans to enter in '91. Janet 
Thorpe had 12 days in France divided be- 
tween Paris and Avignon-'superb!" She is a 
faithful volunteer at the Lockwood Mathews 
Museum in Norwalk, enjoys theatre in 
Westport, and has explored Deertield, MA. 
Lee Montague Watts moved from the large 
house that she and Grady built, to a condo 
nearby on the ocean and is buying a second 
condo in CA to be near her designer daughter 
in Palo Alto. Sad to report that Kitty Louder 
Stephenson's husband, Steve, died in April, in 
Greenville, SC. 

Jean Moore von Sternberg and 
George left sunny CA to admire the fall in New 
England and Quebec. Had a great trip and a 
Boston reunion with friends from 37 years ago. 
Jane Holden Walker had a Danube trip 
from Vienna to Istanbul and then went to 
Portola Valley visiting her son and family, and 
later to NM. Another son who lives in New 
Zealand was on the West Coast last summer. 
Ginger Wellford Farwell in Stuart, FL 
keeps healthy and happy. As tor the Stoddards, 



we had our yearly trip to Italy and then to 
Vienna, Prague, and Warsaw where I spent my 
childhood. The climax of the year was our par- 
ticipation in the dedication of the National 
Cathedral in Washington, for which I have 
worked and volunteered for the last 20 years! 



1940 



President: Emory Gill Williams 
Vice President: Jane Bush Long 
Secretary: Ruth Mealand Schwartz 
Fund Agent: Betty Frantz Roberts 

A note from the daughter of Joy Carter 
Forse in San Antonio, TX, told of her mother's 
passing away 6/5/90 of cancer, 

Beth Thomas Mason and Polly Poe 
Richmond met in Seattle, WA. Beth enjoyed 
reading about Reunion in the alumnae maga- 
zine. Polly and Howard love living in Seattle 
for 7 months of the year, the other 5 in Palm 
Springs, CA. Two grandsons enter college in 
'91. Nearby on Bainbridge Island, Irene 
Vongehr Vincent had 3 big reunions. First, 
her 50th at SBC, followed in June by their 50th 
wedding anniversary, whereby their 4 children 
and families all came to the Island-their old- 
est daughter, Jamini, with her husband and 2 
children from CT: son, John, from L.A. with his 
Argentine wife: both joined the 2 'locals' from 
Seattle and Olympia. Irene's third was a mini- 
reunion: her missionary boarding school class 
in China gathered on Lake Cayuga, NY, for a 
week. Irene enjoyed teiethoning, before Re- 
union, to Sara (Betty) Mayo Sohn in Ath- 
ens, GA, and to Lisa Pugh Worthing in 
Cincinnati, OH. 

Mary Frances Hazelton, recently re- 
tired, exchanged vineyards (in CA) for or- 
chards (in OR), earthquakes for volcanoes by 
moving into Medford, to a retirement village 
near the Shakespeare festival in Ashland. For 
"Hazy", this is a new life. Martha Janney 
Smith McGowan visited Sun City, AZ with 
her husband, for a mini-reunion of Chuck's 
h.s. class which holds mini-reunions each year 
in a diflerent place. Martha, from Rialto, CA, 
found many interests there for the sr. citizen, 
yet was depressed by not seeing a single 
young person! Last April brought a visit to their 
middle daughter's in Garden Valley, CA. Their 
oldest granddaughter just graduated from h.s. 
as salutatorian, and is now in pre-med at UCA 
in Riverside Jacqueline Sexton Daley spent 
Feb. and March '90 in FL: then, after Reunion, 
Aug. in NO visiting her sister-in-law. Then a 
week in Spain, a week in London, and a week 
in Brittany. No sooner was 'Jacquie' back home 
in Belmont CA than a phone call told her that 
one of her African 'daughters' was in western 
Canada. So she visited her in Alberta for 2 
weeks. 'Jacquie' drives for FISH one day a 
month, and works in her church's thrift shop. 

Coralie Kahn Ferro of San Francisco 
was unable to attend Reunion as she and her 
husband were in Africa. Last summer Nancy 
Raskins Elliott and David left Pasadena, CA 
for a trip to Scotland and England. In Sept, 
they camped with friends at Lake Tahoe. Oct. 



took them to Thailand, Singapore, Bali and 
Hong Kong. In Nov., Nancy and David stayed 
home-to recuperate! Anne Conant Weaver 
is active in Grand Lake, CO, with DAR, sail- 
ing, skiing, swimming and now with a house 
in Makone Bay, Nova Scotia, which Anne will 
rent from June to Sept. Kathleen Ward 
Allen in Green Valley, AZ, has had a difficult 
2 years. Her John has not fully recovered from 
the illness he contracted on their 2nd trip to 
China. They were able to visit their daughter 
and family in NY state, and camp for a few 
weeks last summer. But John's illness re- 
turned, and they were lucky to gel home. 
Kathleen herself fully recovered from a gall 
bladder operation in Oct. 

In AL, Margaret Woodward Count- 
ess retired in Huntsville, and became a first- 
time grandmother. In FL, Virginia Leggett 
Cameron says all news is good. One daugh- 
ter moved to lA, while Ginny remains active in 
West Palm Gardens, where she enjoys seren- 
ity. C. P. Neelin Atlanta, GA is beating the 
doctor's odds-that she would not live beyond 
1982! C.P. went to Pompana Beach, FL after 
Christmas for 5-6 months, having attended 
before leaving the Atlanta alumnae party to 
meet SBC's new president. Mariana Bush 
King in Avon Park, FL often sees her sister, 
Jane Bush Long in Augusta, GA. Mariana 
had 2 children remarry this past year, Geor- 
gia Herbert Hart and George are busy with 
their children and grandchildren, one of whom 
lives near them in Columbia, SC. Others are 
in Birmingham, AL and in St. Paul, MN. A 
grandson from Birmingham started at 
Sewanee, His brother graduates from 
Davidson. All 3 of their granddaughters in 
Columbia began music lessons and Georgia 
teaches the youngest one piano. 

In NC, Virginia Allison Haywood left 
Raleigh, after Reunion, for Nova Scotia. Back 
home. Jinny was busy with her 'cottage indus- 
try', of cutting Christmas ornaments from 
wood, of hand-painting storybook characters. 
Painting, tennis, churching, grandmothering, 
yard-working and Scrabble-playing fill her 
other hours. Fellow Raleigh resident, Jean 
Erskine Harris and her husband, 'Buck', have 
their 3 children and their families all living in 
town. Their oldest grandson is a sr. at VES in 
Lynchburg Katherine Hill Apperson 
moved before Reunion to Charlotte, NC. She 
has 3 grandchildren of her 3 fine children. One 
is a realtor: a second a banker and the third is 
Director of Sarah Circle, One son-in-law is in 
the Episcopalian Seminary in Alexandria, VA 
while a daughter-in-law is a stockbroker on 
Wall Street Mildred Moon Montague and 
Bill had a theatre weekend in Chicago 11/90 
with Will, Jr., Carrington and Shelby and Rick. 
Alice is working on graduating this year from 
UTC, history major. Son Tom is slated to 
graduate from UVA while brother, John, is a 
jr. at Northfield-Mt. Herman (in MA). He loves 
being in "Yankee Land" with a Chinese room- 
mate from Hong Kong. Mildred works in Look- 
out Mt. with a home for neglected and abused 
children. 

Hortense Powell Cooper in Shelby- 
ville enjoys being a grandmother. Mary Coo- 
per arrived 1/90, the daughter of one of 
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Hortense stays busy with 3 state commissions, 
yet visited Sanibel, FL in IVIarcti. Clara Call 
Frazier and Bill rented a condo 7/90 in ttie 
La Costa area ol San Diego County, near their 
children and grandchildren. All of them cel- 
ebrated the Frazier's 50th wedding anniversary 
Their fourth son. Bob, is at the U. of ID work- 
ing on his PhD in chemistry. A daughter and 
her 7 yr. old now live at Clara and Bill's in 
Bristol, TN, The Fraziers enjoy the lifestyle in 
Bristol compared to their former one in CA. 
Katherlne (Kay) Hodge Soaper wrote from 
Henderson, KY 12/16, the day her third grand- 
son was born in Louisville Friend and neigh- 
bor in Henderson, Margaret Katterjohn 
McCollom's 4 children were with her at 
Christmas, with all 8 'grands' IVIargaret plays 
cards with Kay often and hears from C.P. Neel 
monthly 

In VA, Jean Tyree Oseth of Alexandria, 
went with her husband, John, after Reunion 
weel<end, to the Passion Play at 
Oberammergau. They loved Salzburg and 
Vienna as well. Back home in Oct., Jean 
worked at the Designer Show House, the 
fundraiser for the National Symphony Orches- 
tra. Jean volunteers at a Hospice and at the 
Smithsonian. Ruth Collins Henry, of nearby 
Paeonian Spring, sees Jean monthly. Visits 
from Ruthie's daughter and from her sister ol 
Seattle, are enjoyed as well as her DAR, book 
club, garden club, church work, bridge and 
water aerobics. Ruth's son's military leave Irom 
Germany was cancelled and a grandson was 
sent to Saudi Arabia. A family reunion was 
postponed until this spring. Over the holidays, 
Ruthie and her sister went to Australia, where 
their parents had wanted to take Ruth in 1940 
as a graduation present, but another war can- 
celled that trip. Their father was from Sydney. 
They went to attend a nephew's marriage to a 
girl from Perth. Ruthie's daughter from Atlanta 
was to be relocated nearby in Leesburg, VA. 

Reba Smith Gromel, whose George 
passed away 4/90, returned to campus with 
Mary Petty Johnson Bedell, both from 
Richmond Reba moved to Brandermill Woods 
retirement village near her son, with whom she 
spent Christmas. She enjoys bridge, walks and 
exercise class Emory Gill Williams and 
Carrington sold their home in Irvington, VA 
last Oct. and moved to Richmond. Their new 
address is: 207 Wakefield Road, Richmond, 
VA 23227. All the family gathered in their 
newly decorated home for the holidays, includ- 
ing their newest grandchild, #14. Their oldest 
grandson graduated from Chapel Hill in Ivlay. 
Emory and Carrington still summer in IVIE. 
Mary Sue Kilham Davis saw several class- 
mates at the lovely Washington, DC area af- 
fair for our new president. Ivlary Sue volunteers 
and keeps up her homes in Alexandria and at 
the ocean Constance (Connie) Chalkley 
Kittler and 'Kit' are still in Ware Neck, VA 
Connie wished that all her classmates could 
have attended the wonderful Reunion last year. 

Jan 1 began retirement for Evelyn Wil- 
liams Turnbull m Charlottesville, VA. She 
now hopes to catch up with old friends. 
Martha Rector McGee enjoyed the visit to 
her home in Roanoke, VA by Betty Frantz 
Roberts from Lynchburg who gave her a run- 
down ol our Reunion, tvlartha's son Robert is 



an Episcopalian priest and chaplain to 4 col- 
leges in Winston-Salem, while daughter tvlarty 
lives in SO, married to a wildlife biologist. 
fVlarty is a naturalist, giving lectures with live 
animals to civic groups and children. Helen 
Taylor, IvI.D , enjoys retirement in Norfolk, but 
was unable to attend Reunion because of her 
scleroderma, which limits her activity Mar- 
garet Dowell Kearney of fVlcLean enjoyed 
Reunion and also wished everyone could have 
been there. An advertisement sheet was sent 
to me of a new series of videotapes, one be- 
ing of the Fiction of Mary Lee Settle 
(Tazewell) Agnes Spencer Burke of 
Washington, DC got herself a new left hip for 
the New Year. She summers in NH. Over 
Thanksgiving, Agnes visited her middle 
daughter in Grosse Pointe, Ml, and spent 
Christmas with her youngest daughter and 
lamily in nearby Keswick. 

In DE, Blair Bunting Both continues to 
work at the DE Hospice in Bereavement, to 
cook breakfast at the Soup Kitchen and to lead 
a small church group weekly in meditation, as 
well as taking a course on 19th century Euro- 
pean history at the Academy of Life in 
Wilmington. Thanksgiving was spent in Ra- 
leigh, NC with daughter, Blair. Son Steve lives 
in Wilmington. A new grandson was born 10/ 
18 in Colorado Springs, where Blair spent 2 
wks. helping with a 4 yr old granddaughter 
Nearby. Margaret (Peg) Caperton 
Ranken and Bill had lamily visitors all last 
summer and fall They then loved going to their 
hide-away in NC. Two of their children, each 
with 2 children, live in the Wilmington area, 
while their 2nd son and 2 children are in Chi- 
cago, and their 3rd son, not yet married, is in 
Atlanta Helen Cornwell Jones is still 
crushed that she missed her 50th at SBC, but 
all lor a good cause. She and Homer stayed 
home to be in charge of their son and daughter- 
in-law's children, while their mother undenwent 
an emergency mastectomy operation. All is 
well now in theJones household in Princeton. 

From Short Hills. NJ Adelaide (Polly) 
Boze Glascock went with Jim last Sept to 
Wales and London Later she met SBC's new 
president at the Washington, DC gala aflair. 
Polly is most tavorably impressed with Dr. Hill. 
Laura (Nan) Dickie Neil sutlers Irom 
osteoporosis and was unable to leave Wyckoff, 
NJ to attend Reunion. She hopes to get to their 
Block Island abode in the summer, and see 
their 2 grandchildren, Robin 23 and Tim 21. 
In Nov , Elizabeth (Nickie) Gockley 
McLellan and Bob attended a convention at 
the Boca Raton Club. Her big news is of her 
granddaughter, who married an Australian but 
will live on St. Croix in the Caribbean, while 
'expecting'. Nickie in Garden City, NY still fakes 
turns with her sister in caring lor their mother. 
Lois Fernley McNeil of Plymouth ll/leeling, 
PA, loves collecting orchids to grow in her 
greenhouses, as well as fishing and shelling 
in the Bahamas. 

Cynthia Noland Young spent Thanks 
giving in Arlington Hts , UA. with daughter 
Mary and saw son Bill's townhouse in nearby 
Norton Daughter Lucy came from Atlanta 
where she is a U.S.Air pilot. Christmas was 
spent in Middlebury, VT with daughter Ann, 
being joined there by daughter Betsy from 



Houston, with her family and by Doug, from 
CO Cynthia's lamily are all near her and Karl 
in Roxbury, CT Elizabeth (Ivy) Ivins 

Haskins in Concord, MA, plans an annual 
luncheon in Dec. in NYC with Blair Bunting 
Both, Constance (Connie) Currie Flem- 
ing from Chatham. NJ, and Barbara Smith 

Whitlock from Hillside, NJ Last summer on 
a trip Ivy visited Helen (Hug) Schmid Hardy 

and Bill in CA. Over Thanksgiving on Nan- 
tucket with a daughter and lamily, 10 lamily 
members rode bikes-lrom 70 years ol age to 
5! The Haskins spent their 40th summer sea- 
son at Wianno. 

In ME. Jane Baker Grant, recently re- 
tired, spent the first winter alone at Hancock 
Point, 13 miles Irom the nearest town, with 
only 6 families on the Point. The winter months 
meant chasing away skunks from her aunt's 
house nearby. Last summer, lor 5 days, Jane 
and her 12-yr.-old granddaughter, Laurene, 
drove through the Maritime Provinces in 
Canada. Laurene had spent some months near 
Jane at camp in Bar Harbor In Pawlet, VT 
Eleanor (Ellie) Snow Lea had a year ol re- 
unions One was in Pepper Pike, OH, where 
son Jim rolled a 1 25 lb. pumpkin into Ellie and 
Tat's car. The children's names had been can/ed 
into it. Jane Westphalen Gray, with her hus- 
band, celebrated their 50lh wedding anniver- 
sary with their family in MN in Aug., continuing 
in Sept. with a Mediterranean-Black Sea Cruise 
which ended in the south of Italy for a week. 
All their family were in St. Louis for Christmas. 

Rosemary Bjorge Johnson had an 
exciting trip to Russia last year. In July, hus- 
band Dick became ill with lung cancer, though 
by Oct. they were able to leave Cross Plains, 
Wl for Minneapolis for the wedding of their 
youngest daughter. All the lamily gathered at 
the Johnson's lor Christmas. In nearby Ml, 
Marjorie Lee Stock Clemens continues to 
volunteer Thanksgiving was spent with her 
son, Joe and his family in Bethlehem, PA while 
Christmas was with one of her daughters. In 
March, Marjorie visited her other daughter in 
CA, alter several weeks in FL with friends. In 
Cleveland Heights, OH Eleanor Bosworth 
Badal is still the facilitator of a grief group at 
her church, which meets twice a month. 
Eleanor's and Dan's families are now scattered. 
Two are in Cleveland; one is in IL; one in Co- 
lumbus, OH; one in Wilmington, DE; and an- 
other in AZ. They try to visit each at least once 
a year. Dan, an MD, continues to work almost 
lull time. They play tennis, garden and enjoy 
their grandchildren. 

In the same Cleveland suburb, Ruth 
Mealand Schwartz helps out in the family- 
owned companies, especially with the new 
company, PLANTERS INTERNATIONAL, 
which promotes and markets husband, 
Laurence's Patent-Pending invention, THE 
WATER-WELL PLANTER (TM) This is for 
house plants. Gardening and garden club and 
church help relieve stress One perk is busi- 
ness trips such as to CA in April. A grand- 
daughter was born 9/90, joining 2 wonderful 
big brothers in VA. 

Your birth dates were requested as a 
means for me to communicate with you about 
extra news from time to time. Please let me 
continue to hear from you. 



1943 



President: Dolores Cheatham James 
Secretary: Katherine Doar Jones 
Fund Agents: Charlotte Garber 
Rudulph, Elizabeth Dichman Smith 

First, thanks to all who hoped my Royal 
Pf/ncess cruise in the Mediterrean and Black 
Sea wouldn't be cancelled. It wasn't! The ship 
was gorgeous and the ports ol call lascinating. 

Ouija Adams Bush and Bob also 
cruised-in the Orient on the Royal Viking, with 
3 days in Hong Kong first and 3 days in 
Bangkok at the end. Jane Hardy Harris and 
Gibby were on the same trip Betty Jane 
Leighton Lane visited Oui|a and Bob at the 
San Francisco airport. She's fine and Ouija 
hopes she'll be at our 50th. Brooks Barnes 
says she and her mom (now 91) would love 
company in Plymouth, MA. She toured Wash- 
ington, DC and spent a week in Well Fleet, 
Cape Cod, and planned to go to Toronto for 
see "Phantom of the Opera". She made an "ori- 
ental" rug which took 3 years' Polly Boswell 
Fosdick enjoys retirement, with good health, 
happy husband, and stimulating kids and 
grandkids. With sadness I report the death ol 
Martha Wren Bohbitt McTigue. She died 
ol cancer 1 1/8/89 in Washington, DC. We ex- 
tend our deepest sympathy to her husband, 
George, and their 5 children. Skip Bracher 
Leggett and John decided to stay in New 
Canaan, CT lor retirement. She sees a lot of 
Marie Gaffney Barry '41 and Tish Seibels 
Frothingham'41. 

Dorothy Campbell Maher and Jim 
took a rambling trip 10/89 to the West coast. 
They visited Bonnie Lee Key Garrett and 
Gavin in TX on their way home. Their com- 
bined children gave them a trip to Ireland as a 
10th anniversary present 5/90. Dottle's grand- 
daughter, Paige Scribner, is a soph, at SBC. 
Her son, Chris, is Director ol Psychological 
Services at Temple U. Hospital. Mary Carter 
Richardson still works. She took her hvin 
granddaughters to the beach and her grand- 
son (1 1 ) to Washington, DC in Aug. They saw 
every monument and museums, bought a Hard 
Rock Cafe T-shirt, and had a ball In May 
Dodie Cheatham James and Harry went to 
San Francisco-a 70th birthday gift to Harry 
from their son-in-law. She recommends see- 
ing Filoli Estate with 6 acres of gardens. She 
was preparing for a "two man" art show open- 
ing 10/15 She teaches in the Literacy League 
program. Beth Dichman Smith popped over 
to London in Jan and in June, went to Crete. 
She located Katy Parker Silverman near 
Princeton She is a recent widow and teaches 
at Mercer County Community College. 

Claire Eager Matthai went to the Neth- 
erlands and is in AZ to see the Grand Canyon 
and other sights. Her son works lor US Air in 
Baltimore and her daughter and 2 grandchil- 
dren live near her. Dottle Friday summered 
at her swim club's 70 degree sulfur pool. She 
reads to a 3 1/2 year old great niece and 
teaches her French and volunteers at the Mis- 
souri History Museum She went to NO. and 
San Antonio. Tish Hall Schwartz attended 



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herson William's wedding in Newburg, NY 5/ 
1 9 stopping at Sally Bryan Allen's In Geor- 
gia, SBC, Wastiinglon, Ptiiladelphia, Atlantic 
City, and NYC! In July sfie traveled in ttie west, 
June stie attended graduations of granddaugti- 
- ter, Katfiy, in Lubbock and grandson, Marstiall, 
in Austin Janice Fitzgerald Wellons and 
Jim had 2 weeks in Switzerland and a week in 
Paris in summer '89. Stie teaches music and 
is music critic for the newspaper for the con- 
cert series. 

Posy Hazard Potter in Sept. had a trip 
to Western Canada followed by a week with her 
sister in Sonora, AZ. She's back in Longboat 
Key, FL for fall and winter. She acquired a 
granddaughter. Nicole Potter, 6/89. Marqu- 
erite Hume helped form a Red Cross sup- 
port group for the relatives of our troops in 
Operation Desert Shield. Ann (Jake) Jacobs 
PakradoonI and Dik are partners in Joie de 
Vivre. a fashion boutique, and Floating Fan- 
tasy Tours. They took 25 on a Renaissance 
Cruise in the same area I was cruising. Wish 
we had metl Esther Jett Holland and Liugh 
took Jake's Oberammergau tour. Esther and 
Hugh had another granddaughter, Katherine 
Brooke Holland, born to Susan and Beau 9/15. 
That makes 5 granddaughters and 2 grand- 
sons. They went to the SBC gathering in Wash- 
ington 9/22 where they saw Ping Drake and 
Em, Gregg Petersmeyer and Wrede, and 
Anne Noyes and her new husband, Millard 
Lewis, as well as several from the class of '42. 
Caroline Miller McClintock and Gales 
were also in DC and Anne and Millard took the 
4 of them to lunch at the Chevy Chase C.C. 

Primmy Johnston Craven has friends 
who've bought land on the Rappahannock 
River which makes her think of me, she says. 
She still volunteers, most recently to be co- 
chair of the Town of Chatham Disabilities Ac- 
cess Comm, She's still in AAUW. (Bobs) 
Prentiss Jones Hale chairs her church 
Applefest and the crafts booth. She's very in- 
volved with her Sexual Assault Center job. 
Bonilee Key Garrett and Gavin had their 
annual spring ski trip with children and grand- 
children in Taos. They also had their 4th an- 
nual Ranch Camp for 12 grands in Aug. She 
joined a quilting bee. Bring the results to our 
50th!l Betty Potter Kinne Hulyer and Bill 
became grandparents in '89 and now have 2 
grand-dogs as well as 2 of their own. She still 
co-manages Glorious Antiques io benefit the 
San Diego Humane Soc. Tookie Kniskern 
White and Bob took a 7 week trip with 7 
couples, all from HI, with 3 of the wives SB 
grads. Besides Tookie, Caldwell Marchant 
52 and Jan Maynard Henderson 60 They 
walked in Scotland, cruised in Nonway, and 4 
drove thru Holland and Belgium. The Whites 
visited family in FL and friends in Sun Valley 
on the way home. They now have 12 grand- 
children-5 on Oahu, 3 on Maui, 2 on the big 
island, HI, and 2 on the mainland-ages 20 
years to 9 months. Tliey plan to be with us in '93. 

Angela Marston Beste and Bob had a 
late summer trip to AK and found the blue in 
the ice beautiful. They are both still busy with 
commercial real estate investment. Grandson 
Chris is in the business too. Their daughter 
Eleanor is a RN Osyomytherapist but is at 
home now with 3 young children. Son Robert 



is a lawyer in Wilmington, DE; son David, a 
veterinarian in Middletown, DE, and son Gary, 
an MD in Newark, DE. They have 11 grand- 
children. Fay Martin Chandler misses be- 
ing on the Friends of Art Board at SB but is 
delighted to be in her new art studio in the old 
firestation she bought in '88. She rents to other 
artists. There's also a 3 room loft for visitors- 
a "come on", she says. Al retired but is busy 
as ever Frances McConnell Byerly had a 
shoulder replacement, and Ken a knee replace- 
ment. Their 1st great grandchild, Marshall 
Hanes Robins, was born 10/15/90 to grand- 
daughter Belinda Byerly of Franklin, VA. Fay- 
ette McDowell Willett reports that 
Roscoe's Parkinson's Disease restricts her 
activities but good nurses allow her to partici- 
pate in garden club and grandmother routines. 
Ann (Junk) McJunkin Briber and Frank 
spend 8+ months at Aurelia Is., FL and 3+ 
months in Wl. She helped granddaughter, 
Becky, redo her bedroom. She had a great 
weekend in DC with daughter Anne on her way 
south. She carves and paints. 

Caroline Miller McClintock told of 
a 4 week New England trek that she and Gales 
had just had, stopping on the way up at the 
Elston Inn at SB, and a weekend in DC. In 
Concord, MA they saw Louise Moore 
Nelson and husband Bruce, and spent the 
night with Brooks in Plymouth. They spent the 
night with Esther and Hugh in Suffolk, VA on 
the way home. In MT, Sandy Packard 
Sargent is still ranching and active in envi- 
ronmental issues. They went to Japan and 
Hong Kong, and also enjoyed the SB alumnae 
tour of Indonesia which was written up in the 
summer '90 alumnae magazine by Nancy 
Godwin Baldwin '57. Betty Braxton 
Preston is back in school! She takes French 
and computer at Christopher Newport College. 
She says she mangled French while living in 
Cameroon, which I don't believe. Nancy Pin- 
gree Drake and Em were treated to a birth- 
day celebration for Em, along with the 
Petersmeyers, at the Jockey Club during the 
big SB weekend in DC. Helen and Ed Lane 
were the hosts. She and Em now have 13 
grands. The oldest granddaughter is at Deer- 
field Academy and the rest in schools in ME. 
Ping flew to Santa Fe in early Oct. for a Mu- 
seum Trustee conference and then she and Em 
left for Spain. Page Ruth Foster and Jim are 
busy. He gives his time to Hospice HI and she 
to HI Literacy and Women's Prison. They had 
a visit from their CA children, Nelson and Dolly. 

Shop Shepherd Scott retired from real 
estate and bought a house in Shepherdstown, 
WV-her hometown. Her children, Henry and 
Virginia, are both happy. Byrd Smith Hunter 
and Henry had a round of visits with children. 
They were at Atlantic Beach, NC with Carter 
('68) and Ed and children. They also visited 
Baird ('70), Bill and children, and Blount on 
the Wye River on MD Eastern shore. Betty 
Schmeisser Nelson and Karl had a splen- 
did junket to Ireland in 7/90, led by Paul 
Cronin and including 1 SB grads. She trains 
and shows her cairns, works for Audubon 
Soc, and Norfield Church and with retarded 
children Dorothy Stauber McCarthy and 
Joe traveled all summer. First Paris plus ML 
St. Michel and the Chateau country, followed 



by 2 weeks in London at an apt. hotel. On 9/ 
20 they returned from a trip to Switzerland, 
Germany, and Austria, with emphasis on the 
Passion Play in Oberammergau. Margaret 
Swindell Dickerman and Paul are busy with 
traveling, civic work, and the newspaper. 

Tay Taylor Trigg and Locke spent the 
summer having grand children visit in 2 shifts. 
They vacationed in North Myrtle in Sept. and 
visited Charleston and Georgetown, my native 
town. She is Presbyterian Women's Modera- 
tor for her church and is snowed under with 
paper work Ruth 'Jodie' Willis Leaman 
and Claude spend 6 months on Lake George, 
Ticonderoga, NY and 6 mos. in suburban 
Philly-Cherry Hills, NJ. She plans to attend 
our 50th-that's what we like to hear!!! Virginia 
White Brinton and Ben had a great trip to 
NW Canada finishing with a cruise to AK. I'll 
close with one personal bit to all the Baltimore 
girls-Margaret C. Worthington was in our 
group on the cruise and knew all of you. All 
my kids and grand kids are well and happy- 
Maria's ('75) baby, Anna (15 mos) climbs and 
loves to jump off furniture! Think '93! 



1944 



President: Louise Smith Barry 
Secretary: Helen Gravatt Watt 
Fund Agent: Sydney Holmes Bales 

Thanks to all who responded promptly 
with news! "Mugsie" Abrash Shapiro still 
reviews books for 3 book clubs and puts out a 
bulletin for Hadassah. She and Inwin visited NY 
before Christmas, and a highlight was the Ellis 
Island Museum and Wall of Honors, She was 
happy to find her father's name on the wall- 
'The George Abrash Family from Russia." 
Jean Blanton Murphy built a dream house 
on Hatteras Island. She finds part-time work 
at her church gratifying; is interested in sacred 
dance. Norma Bradley Arnold and Joe had 
a wonderful Christmas with all the children and 
7 grandchildren at their home. Then Brad and 
Joe took off for FL till March. Brad has planned 
our mini-reunion in Lexington, KY in May and 
hopes that many will come. Connie Sue 
Budlong Myrick still works with Memphis' 
"MIFA", an organization that deals with prob- 
lems of poverty. She takes all applications for 
home-delivered meals and runs the Special 
Meals-a fee-for-service program. 

Virginia Burgess Struhsaker traveled 
to Greece, Albania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Tur- 
key and Russia, as well as to London for the 
Boucheron conference for mystery readers/ 
writers. Ginny is a volunteer story teller with 
the Stockton schools. Helen Cantey 
Woodbridge and West had a big Christmas 
gathering with relatives from near and far. Their 
youngest, Ned, moved with his family to 
Amherst, MA. Helen Crump Cutler and Jack 
will be in London for a month or 2, but hope 
to attend the mini-reunion in May, if Jack's 
West Point reunion allows. Dot Denny 
Sutton spent Thanksgiving in CA at her son, 
Ed's wedding. Ed and Jean were to move to IL 
in Jan. to take up his new job at the Univ. Ellen 



Boyd Duval Miller and Billy welcomed son 
Read home for Christmas; then they all went 
to Philadelphia to visit daughter Dabney in her 
new house. Marge Eggers Perry said they 
had a dreadful winter in the Northwest. She and 
Ray planned to go South for several weeks to 
thaw out. 

Mimi Etheridge Wood spent last July 
in Mexico with her daughter, Lee, and Nov. and 
Dec. helping son George and family move from 
San Francisco to Austin, TX. Mimi lives in FL 
now. Marty Falk Vallery took a 1 4-year old 
granddaughter to Austria last summer, Marty 
said that Dottle Beutell Smith met an old 
flame at their 50th h.s. reunion last summer 
and they were married in Nov.! She also said 
that Frances Longino Schroder and 
Hughes were going to London to meet the pro- 
spective in-laws of one of their twin daughters 
who is to be married in April. Betty Farinholt 
Cockrill and Jim have a granddaughter a 
freshman at U.Va. Eleanor Goodspeed 
Abbott spent Christmas in Toronto with son 
Roger and his family. Also there were Goodie's 
daughter, Hannah, and her husband. Peggy 
Gordon Seller and Sydney Holmes Bales 
attended the inauguration of President Hill in 
Oct. Peggy feels that our mini-reunion has al- 
ready helped to bring the class closer. She and 
Bob spent weekends this year with Alice and 
Pete Buck and Phyl and Herb Dowd. 

Betty Haverty Smith and Alex expect 
their 13th grandchild! Betty enjoys a Sweet 
Briar Living Room Learning Course-in art his- 
tory focusing on contemporary art-and 
dabbles in drawing and painting "Grandma 
Smith style Martha Lee Hoffman McCoy 
and Mac are wintering in FL, Virginia Gowen 
Brown and Robert enjoy retirement, Virginia 
teaches part-time al Paris (TX) Junior College- 
geriatrics "Weezie" Konsbert Noll retired 
in 1988 after 15 years as a medical librarian. 
She and Bill have 6 grandchildren. Alice 
Lancaster Buck and Pete planned to attend 
a church retreat in Feb. and the whole family 
was going on a ski weekend-all 18 of them! 
Alice still plays tennis often. "Babe" 
Loveland Swanbeck had a busy year. Their 
youngest daughter was married in Aug. in St. 
Thomas and then they attended another fam- 
ily reunion. Ray became a Knight of the Golden 
Circle at the Army-Navy club and last spring 
was made Master of the Fox Hounds, and their 
farm was proclaimed Tree Farm of Augusta 
County of the year. Katherine Mousing 
Teitgen and Ralph enjoy his semi-retirement. 
They enjoy visiting grandchildren in India- 
napolis (Jacob, 4 and Katie, 2), love to play 
tennis, and escape to FL in Feb. and March. 

Ann Moore Remington writes of a 
mini-mini-reunion-Jane Rice McPherson, 
Libby Vaughan Bishop, Jean Blanton 
Murphy, Sloan Hawkins Ward and Evie 
Pretlow Qrmiston (all the way from Saska- 
toon) met in Atlanta last fall and had a great 
time. Ann gets to Seattle often to see her son 
and his family and to Orlando to see Carol and 
her boys Virginia Noyes Pillsbury had 
several interesting trips. In Feb. she was part 
of a group of 30 from Wl who were invited to 
observe at the election in Nicaragua. Jinnie 
thinks it must have been the most honest one 
in history! In March she visited the USSR and 



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went on an Elderhostel in Nepal in Nov, Pat 
Patton Odell plans to retire from Family 
Service in May, in time to attend grandson 
Todd's graduation from ttie U, ot AZ, Pat tias 
dozens of ideas for tier next career! She sees 
her daughter, Lauren Huyett (SB 79) and her 
4 children often. Murrell Rickards 
Chadsey's mother was about to celebrate her 
103rd birthday! Ricky's son, Lee Bowden, and 
his wiife presented her with her 2nd grandson 
in Nov She and Ted visited them in St. Croix 
in fi/arch. The hotel Lee manages there was 
completely rebuilt since Hurricane Hugo. 

Margaret Ridgely Keith expected a 
visit from her son, Chris, and family from San 
Leondro. CA in Sept. Jean Ryan Kehl and 
Bill enjoyed a Thanl(sgiving visit from daugh- 
ter, Catherine, and her 2 little girls. They 
planned to visit Detroit to see daughter Ann 
and her family, Jean says the drought in CA is 
so serious that even the trees are dying. 
Marian Slianiey Jacobs vacationed on the 
island of Nevis in the British West Indies- 
"lovely and unspoiled, but not tor long'". She 
and Bill went in Oct. to Greece, the Greek is- 
lands and Turkey. "I remembered bits of SBC's 
ancient history and religion courses as we 
walked in the steps of St. Paul and St. John at 
Ephesus and visited the tomb of Agamemnon 
at Mycenae Hattie Taverner Owens is 
sorry she can't make the 1991 mini-reunion 
She's bringing children to a basketball camp 
in Lexington in June, and I hope to see her 
then. Louise Smith Barry writes "a Sweet 
Briar education, even 50 years old, is never out 
ot date. I wrote my International Affairs major 
paper on the failure of the League of Nations 
to enforce sanctions in the Italian-Ethiopian 
War." She and Wright will attend his 50th 
Harvard reunion this year Adeline Taylor 
Nunez looks forward to gardening time. 

Phyllis Tenney Dowd s daughter, 
Mary, and husband are now in Jamaica where 
Marty IS with AID. Their daughter, Robin, is a 
sr. at the American School in Lugano. Libby 
Vaughan Bishop is the chair of the Garden 
Club of America's zone IX meeting in San An- 
tonio. There will be about 100 guests and they 
plan to show and tell-about conservation, 
gardening and flower arranging Mary 
Churchill Walker Van de Water had a 
year ot lovely trips, including one to the pas- 
sion play in Oberammergau with her daugh- 
ter, Julia. She was surprised to discover that 
the day-long play was in German and says that 
her French with "Pop" Worthington didn't help 
at all. Pat Whitaker Waters and John 
rented a house in Cornwall last fall and enjoyed 
it immensely Marjorie Willetts Maiden 
spent Nov and Dec. in HI, then had 
houseguests for the Rose Parade and Bowl 
game "Fence" Williams Gookin and Ri- 
chard had a fabulous musical tour ot Poland, 
Czechoslovakia and Hungary last May. Rich- 
ard composed the diplomatic note to draw 
down the Iraqi Embassy to 4. "Snookie" 
Woods Williamson and Russ had a 5-week 
trip to China with Elderhostel-"a fantastic ex- 
perience." They planned 2 weeks in Sicily in 
March. 

Bill and I had a wonderful trip last sum- 
mer-a week in London, then 2 weeks in Scan- 
dinavia. Before that, we were in CA and spent 



the night with Jean and Bill Kehl. Peggy and 
Bob Seller lunched with us in Lexington in 
June, and we visited briefly with Ellen Boyd 
and Billy Miller in Feb. 



1947 



President: Judy Burnett Halsey 
Secretary: Saravette Royster Trotter 
Fund Agents: Janet Amilon Wagner, 
Eleanor Crumrine Stewart 

The class of '47 remains a hardy bunch. 
Shirley Levis Small still loves the travel 
business. Her 1990 jaunts included S. Africa 
with Jean Old last March followed by sepa- 
rate fours to London. France and Florence. 
Also headed to S Africa in Feb. was Ginna 
Walker Christian, who has a new grand- 
daughter, born in Sept After retiring from 
teaching last June, Ann Webb Moses and 
husband George attended an Elderhostel in 
England, Wales and Scotland. Anne also came 
back to the east coast for Ihe first time in 40 
years to visit relatives (they live in CA) and to 
meet their first grandchild. Let's hope Anne 
repeats that trip in 2 years to attend our 45fh 
(!) reunion. Anne is interested in dance and 
involved in an adult literacy program. Ann 
Colston Leonard attended a scientific meet- 
ing in Italy with her husband Edward. In Wash- 
ington state the Leonards visited Anne Lile 
Bowder and husband Bill who, Ann writes, 
live "in paradise" on an island facing ML 
McKinley. Ann continues to win awards for her 
pottery and to summer at their home on 
Martha's Vineyard 

Jackie Stillwell Clark continues to 
write and direct plays and musicals for the New 
Hope, PA community theatre and plans to pub- 
lish some now that "we've retired." Some "re- 
tirement " When her husband Jack retired 7 
years ago Gloria Gamble Jones began a 
new career which she's continuing as fulltime 
legal assistant for a small but growing law firm 
in Wilmington, DE. Gloria went to TX to see 
son Roger receive his doctorate following a 
dissertation on Larry McMurtry and the Vic- 
torian novel. She got a hole-in-one at the 
DuPont Country Club Another Elderhostel tan 
is Katherine (Wizzie) Weisiger who went 
to one in Santa Fe in Nov. She then "poked 
around" Taos and Albuquerque. A family re- 
union followed at daughter Jeanne's FL home 
when daughter Kathy, who lives on the West 
Coast, came east Nan Hart Stone tutors a 
prison inmate and studies English history and 
comparative religions. No slouch she 

Judy Burnette Halsey attended the in- 
auguration ot our new SBC president Barbara 
Ann Hill in Oct. and was "just as impressed 
with her as everyone else seems to be." Judy 
hopes grandchild #4, a little girl, will become 
a Briarite Sara Ann McMullen Lindsay 
also met Mrs Hill at a Washington, DC recep- 
tion last tall and found her "a charmer " Last 
spring she and Doug enjoyed a Caribbean 
cruise, judged a lily show, and traveled the east 
coast. Son Bob opened a scuba diving school 
lor cruise ship passengers off the Mexico 



coast. Keep him in mind. A card signed by 
Jean Old, Ginger Barron Summer and 
Eleanor (Crum) Crumrine Stewart, writ- 
ten in Drum's kitchen in Bethesda, reports that 
all 3 plus Anne Marshall Whitley repre- 
sented the Class ot '47 at a Recognition Din- 
ner in Washington last tall. OthenA/ise, "We all 
travel, work (Jean), and all are medium tat, in 
good health and think we look great." Eleanor 
(Bozzie) Bosworth Shannon claims no 
momentous news," but played a large role in 
starting a Foundation for Excellence in the 
public schools ot Charlottesville/Albemarle. 

Meredith Slane Person consults with 
churches on ecclesiastical needlepoint. A 
sample ot her designs is impressive. She and 
Curtis, who was admitted to the TN Golf Hall 
of Fame in Nov , divide their time between 
High Point, NC and Palm Beach. Meredith 
would love to hear from Briarifes in Palm 
Beach Carol Blanton McCord and Mac 
visited children, grandchildren and friends up 
and down the east coast plus CA Sue 
Fitzgerald Van Horn retired as art therapist 
at a mental health center but continues to teach 
piano to 30 pupils She and Van went to VT 6/ 
90 tor the wedding of Kay Fitzgerald 
Booker's daughter Kay, whose husband 
Lewis died of leukemia last year, came east to 
SBC in March to visit Ann Marshall Shirley 
Small Edwards works with the home town 
college, her church and the local hospital. She 
also manages farm and business interests fol- 
lowing the death of her husband 2 years ago. 
Her 4 children live nearby and the house 
"buzzes with family and friends." When it 
comes to grandchildren, we can all fake a back 
seat to Sara Bryan Glascock, whose 12 (!) 
children have given her 18 living grandchil- 
dren. A 3-year-old granddaughter died tragi- 
cally ot leukemia last winter. Sara recently 
married off #12 so I guess there's more to come. 

Margaret Ellen (Birdhead) White 
Van Buren's son Matt is doing a masters of 
art program at the Univ. of SC; his brother Ted 
is an attorney and aspiring writer in MT. 
Daughter Katrina lives in Wayne, PA with her 
husband and 2 children. It you thought you 
saw Birdhead on TV last tall, you did. She was 
one ot 400 at a centennial reunion of her 
mother's family in upstate NY, a traditional 4- 
year event covered last year by Tom Brockaw 
on NBC News Ann (Wash) Ferrier 
Ramsay and John moved to a retirement 
community in Chapel Hill (the Southern Part 
of Heaven). As of Nov. their Salisbury home 
was still on the market, but they were spend- 
ing weekends in Chapel Hill and finding "many 
fascinating people either homegrown or from 
all over " Joan McCoy Edmonds and her 
husband are also retired but are "busier than 
ever traveling, visiting and playing " The 
Edmonds have a summer home in Linville, NC 
and want all '47 visitors to look them up. Take 
them up on this 

Cecil Butler Williams and Ernest are 
among the gadabouts, traveling last fall to 
Amsterdam and on up the Rhine to Lucerne. 
She and Ernest bought a farm near Tuscaloosa 
with an 1856 log cabin and an outhouse. 
(Cecil??!! An outhouse?!!) Fear not, it's been 
"fixed up," she assures us. Also, she co- 
chaired a $600,000 restoration of the 



president's mansion at the Univ Cordelia 
Lambert Stites hosted the son ot a Hindu 
couple she and her husband knew in Nepal. 
The young man now has a full scholarship to 
the Univ of CO and the Stites are enthusiastic 
about the foreign student program "Makes 
you young again." Diane Stobert Sessions 
simultaneously painted 2 houses, one to sell 
in Birmingham and the other her new home in 
Homosassa, FL Anne Burkhardt Block 
and Frank enjoy retirement, travel and grand- 
children Aimee Pes Plands McGirt loves 
teaching French in the public schools this year 
instead of Spanish. She went to Bermuda with 
her younger daughter last spring and to 
Oberammergau, Austria, Hungary and Yugo- 
slavia in the summer. 

The Trotters got to n. Germany for 3 weeks 
last spring to visit our A.F. son Jim. then as- 
signed to the German A.F. Jim's wile Evelyn 
grew up in this area, which made the trip es- 
pecially interesting. Barely home, I left for 5 
weeks in Spokane, WA to take care of Olivette 
and her new baby, another little boy. Son Jim, 
a pilot, is now stationed in Washington, and I 
at last have one in the same time zone. Ver- 
mont, our youngest, is still a sales rep. tor 
Kimberly-Clark's aviation division in Dallas. I 
volunteer and take what parts I can get in the 
local theatres before I age out completely. 
Husband Jim is in politics and government 
and still loves it. 

A final sad note Over the past year we lost 
2 of our class Gene Hooper and Ellenor 
Stafford-MMio We will miss them both. 
Thanks to all who wrote. Keep up the good 
work when those cards come around this tall. 



1948 



President: Eleanor Potts Snodgrass 
Secretary: Maddin Lupton McCallia 
Fund Agents: Elvira Whitehead Morse, 
Martha Mansfield Clement, Mary Jane 
Luke 

Feb. '91 -As I begin this 1948 class let- 
ter, I remember the war we knew as we set off 
for SBC Our prayers and thoughts are with the 
President and the young people serving our 
country around the world Martha 
Mansfield Clement's son Capt. David J. 
Clement. USMC is at Quantico waiting to go 
to the desert. Surely there are others in our '48 
family with a similar report. 

Our class ties are close. The mail brought 
notes from 50 or so, and the letter from our 
thoughtful president Eleanor Potts 
Snodgrass was special Our sense ot loss is 
deep as we read of the deaths of Blair Graves 
Smith, Mary Hoxton Pierce.and Dorothy 
Williams Taylor. The picture of the 
Stribling Snodgrass family of 3 sons, 2 
daughters, in-laws and grands centered by our 
Pottsie always evokes favorable comment. 
They substituted a month in Vero Beach, FL 
for a trip to the Far East Our class can beam 
with pride over our "Scoff", Peggy 
Sheffield Martin, who was named SBC's 
Outstanding Alumna for 1990. All the moving 



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and shaking she does in Atlanta as well as her 
years of service to SBC made this a foregone 
conclusion. Her card does not mention this but 
has details of a planned trip to the Wall<er Cup 
golf matches outside Dubl i n 8/91 Ann Ricks 
Griffin gathered SBC friends for lunch to 
honor Peggy and IMartha Davis Barnes 
was there glowing with a description of her 
townhouse overlooking the Chattahoochee 
River. Last year (Vlartha cross country skied in 
UT, canoed on the Buffalo River in the Ozarks, 
and did the Natchez Pilgrimage. 

Quotes from our "boat folks". ...Sally 
Smitti Williams had a trip to London and to 
France to look at Romanesque churches but 
recently was in therapy for a broken elbow and 
shoulder, the result of a boating accident on 
the intercoastal waterway. Jane Miller 
Wright claims to be calming down with only 
cruises to Baja, CA out of La Paz, and a trip in 
Aug. from British Columbia to AK, ORB (other 
peoples boat) Closey Faulkner Dickey 
and Whit have a new boat, Wendelen, and they 
go up and down the ME coast with a drop-in 
to check on their NH house, dogs, flowers, and 
especially Whit's white heather garden which 
is "breathtaking". The Dickeys have traveled in 
Europe, skied in Aspen and Steamboat 
Springs, and visited 5 sons and families. All 
will gather in May when daughter Clo takes a 
short leave from Central Mining Co. to get 
married at Hardy Hill in Lebanon, NH. 

IMeon Bower Harrison hopes to go 
from Charlottesville to CAto see Janie Miller 
Wright. Meon writes of #2 son Rick's wed- 
ding in Denver, some health problems, atrip 
abroad with Arch, and now a wedding in Ann 
Arbor, Ml when daughter Ann marries lawyer 
Craig Smith. The Smiths will settle in Portland, 
ME and the other offspring Mimi, Donald, and 
Max are on their goat farm in NH; bachelor son 
Chap is in computer software in Boston. Ynes 
Jova Cline, in Saugertries, NY plans to visit 
Richmond to see her college friends Sally 
Smith Williams and Marguerite Rucker 
Ellett for the first time in years. Ynes has a 
new townhouse in Kendall, FL for winters. A 
new grandson brightened her life. Ginny 
Wurzbach Vardy is still in Annandale, VA 
and teaches preschool children. A new red- 
headed granddaughter lives nearby. A summer 
trip to AK Is planned. Dickie (Elma) Lile 
Hartman's card from Friday Harbor, WA de- 
scribes a devastating storm, the worst in 36 
years. A month without water caused Dickie to 
write that she has new respect for the pioneer 
women. In good weather, Dickie is in the land- 
scape business which she loves. 

Nela Watley, in Belvedere, CA, has a 
guest room with outside hot tub and would 
welcome classmates. She leaves her house in 
Aug. and part of SepL for the high country of 
Yosemite "to breathe deep, sleep under the 
stars, draw, paint and write". Back home she 
is a serious painter and photographer and 
vows she'll keep on skiing. She goes home to 
New Orleans and usually sees Silvia 
"Teeta" Saunders Davis. Liz Hooks 
Richards and Bill stay in Key Largo, FL from 
Oct. till June and then return to Dayton, OH 
with trips in between. Twink Elliott 
Sockwell and Warren's life at Christmas time 
overflows with children, grandchildren, in- 



laws and friends. They travel a lot: Arlington, 
Gadsden, Highlands, Gulf Shores, New En- 
gland and abroad to the Passion Play in Ger- 
many plus 3 weeks in Italy and Greece - where 
Twink "remembered everything she learned in 
Classical Civl" Bess Pratt Wallace's 
daughter Tracy married in Huntsville 1/26 so 
Martha Mansfield Clement and Twink 
visited with '47 friends Carolyn Rudolph 
Sellars and Evie White Spearman. Martha in- 
vites classmates to her bed and breakfast in 
Deland, FL. 

Judy Blakey Butler traveled from Ar- 
lington, VA to OR with camping and hiking in 
the Columbia River Gorge; also to CT, ME, a 
cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, Acadia 
National Park, Bar Harbor, Canadian Maritime, 
and the Bay of Fundy where a bald eagle al- 
most wrecked her car. Judy recommends the 
John Cabot Trail for stars, sun, solitude. Judy's 
90 year old father died last year, but her mom 
may camp in the FL Keys or cruise on the 
Rotterdam this spring. Judy returns to DC for 
cherry blossom time, and I am returning to an 
atlas next time she writes! Dr. Mary Jane 
Luke made a retum visit to Virgin Gorda in 
the British Virgin Islands and did a week in 
London last fall. As her Medicare birthday 
approaches, she enjoys travel and gardening. 
Molly Coulter Bowditch spent 6 weeks in 
China where husband Phil was consulting and 
she was coaching English conversation. They 
escaped winter in Cohasset, MA by staying in 
Australia 6 weeks and in a cottage in New 
Zealand. Jo Neal Peregrine had Christmas 
with 4 sons and their families. She is finish- 
ing her teaching career and they will move 
from River Forest, IL to Ml where they will fin- 
ish restoring their home overlooking Lake Ml. 

Martha Frye Nye's long letter detailing 
the doings of her Terry and Nye offspring al- 
most boggles the mind. A trip down the "not- 
so-blue" Danube last Aug. involved low water, 
long bus rides, hydrofoil rides as part of their 
luxury cruise. At Christmas Martha and Bill 
had all 6 children and families. Choral societ- 
ies, church choirs, preaching and teaching fill 
their lives as well as their combined families. 
Connie Conover in Chapel Hill scores gram- 
mar school essays while she waits for acting 
opportunities. A trip to Costa Rica is planned. 
Betsy Anderson Gorell may deserve a new 
class title - "The Youngest with the 
Oldest"...since her granddaughter got married 
last Jan. Can anyone join her in this honor? 
Our song leader Harriott Bland Coke mar- 
ried Albert Beckwith last May and honey- 
mooned in ME and Nova Scotia. She said, "In 
the midst of our frightening world situation I 
think fondly of all who have touched my life 
and my Sweet Briar contacts and friends are 
primary." 

Caroline Rankin Mapother brings 
news of last 9/90 meeting in DC with class- 
males Peggy Sheffield Martin, Jane 
Johnston Kent and Louisvillian Libby 
Truehart Harris and Carolyn Rudolph 
Sellars. She feels good vibes about our new 
SBC president Dr. Barbara Hill. Caroline's off- 
spring, Edie and family and Rankin live nearby 
in Louisville. Caroline's Colonial Dames ac- 
tivities take her to Gunston Hall in Washing- 
ton twice a year. Jane Shoesmith 



Newcomb says there is no snow in NH as of 
2/91 . Jane retired from teaching and her hus- 
band Nelson turned the management of their 
36 year old PickPoinI Lodge over to their sons 
Dick and Jeff. The Newcombes plan to travel 
on the Royal Viking to Copenhagen and Nor- 
way in late spring. Ann Orr Savage mentions 
the lack of snow in VT and family plans to be 
at Sanibel FL for 6 weeks from mid-March. The 
Savages plan to continue volunteering in their 
new location at Pawlet, VT. Norman took Judy 
Perkins Llewellyn back to the scene of their 
honeymoon 40 years ago, the coast of Devon, 
Cornwall, and Dorset. After Norman retires 
they will take in the Ryder Gup Matches in 
Sept. at Kiawah where they have a vacation 
home. 

From Savannah Jeanne Morrell 
Garlington rejoices at being "past president" 
of many boards, but is still involved with 
worthwhile causes like the church, soup 
kitchen. Historic Savannah, with bridge and 
gardening on the side. Family get-together at 
the beach is planned for July. A friendly "hello" 
from our Nashville correspondent Ann Row- 
land Tuck, and Phil Thorpe Miller from 
Little Rock wonders who has the most grand- 
children in our class. (First, who has the most 
children?) Phil still keeps the AR legislature's 
bills in neat and readable form for 3 months a 
year She sees Nancy Moses Eubanks of- 
ten and they compare babysitting experiences. 
Ruthie Faulkner Howe finds "our golden 
years rewarding - blessed with good health 
and a great family" - 3 kids, 2 grands live 
nearby in LongmonL CO. She has sung in the 
choir for 50 years, volunteers at the school 
where she used to teach, and goes on opera 
and golf trips Helen Pender Withers and 
Burks drove from White Stone, VA to Palo Alto, 
CA for the birth of a 5th grandchild and made 
it in time! Helen recommends retirement in the 
Northern Neck of VA; their other children live 
nearby. The Withers plan to travel New En- 
gland and Canada this summer. 

Marguerite Rucker Ellett and Taze 
share grandchildren with the Withers so they 
meet in Alexandria often. The Elletts toured 
Austria, Germany (Passion Play), Switzerland, 
but they spend more time at Pawley's Island, 
Tampa and Alexandria seeing children and 
offspring. In DC Betty Gibson is on the board 
of directors of her condo. She went to Italy and 
Germany last year and hopes to do the Panama 
Canal this spring, and OK and TX in June. 
Imagine our glamorous Liz Barbour 
McCrea with 10 grandbabies - but remem- 
ber she got a headstart by having triplets! She 
is building a house on the Outer Banks in 
Ocean Sands, north of Duck; it is listed as #324 
in the Twiddy Real Estate catalogue and called 
"Here at Last". Liz is a consultant and serves 
on the Grumman Aircraft Science Advisory 
Committee. Her mother is 95! Ardis Fratus 
Porter announces the arrival of 7th and 8th 
grandchildren to her 5th and 6th children and 
records the passing of her mother 11/8/90 at 
the age of 96+ in such a special way: "She 
loved life and led a fulfilling one to the end. 
She and I played cards each evening, and at 
94 she bowled a string of 1 1 8 with candlepinsi 
She adapted to the various stages of life and 
yet remained a nurturing, loving mother". 



Carolyn Irvine Forbes's first letter in a 
long time included a picture of handsome son 
James at his wedding to Irene Manning in ML 
Holyoke Chapel last summer, Lyn and Wendell 
live on Peaceable Hill in Ridgefield, CT where 
she works as historian for her First Congre- 
gational Church, founded in 1 71 2. The Forbes 
are writing a book about publishing. Lyn's sis- 
ter Betty died about a year ago in San Antonio 
so we need to keep in closer touch. Evvy 
Sharp Vidal may hold a class "first" since she 
is president of the Millville NJ Rotary Club; all 
the other members are male! She is still ad- 
vertising manager at Durand International 
French Crystal and Glass Co. and went to Pas- 
de-Calais, France to tour their plant. It is the 
world's largest manufacturer of crystal and 
tabletop products with 12,000 employees, 4.5 
million pieces a day. This Feb. Evvy was a 
judge at the Phillip jessup International Law 
Moot Court competition at the U. of PA Law 
School (her doctorate is in international law). 
Later, she "mc-ed" a fashion show at a Repub- 
lican fund raiser. 

Patty Traugott Rouse and Jim con- 
tinue to help the less fortunate. Patty works full 
time for The Enterprise Foundation whose 
mission "is to see that all people in the US have 
the opportunity tor fit and affordable housing 
within a generation, and to move up and out 
of poverty into self-sufficiency." They work 
with over 100 groups in 35 cities. Vi 
Whitehead Morse represented our class at 
a fund agents meeting at SBC on an Oct. Fri- 
day and by midnight was in hospital for emer- 
gency surgery to remove her kidney. Her other 
kidney, which had previously been repaired, 
seems to be functioning well so we send best 
wishes lor continued improvement and hope 
she is back in her beautiful Amherst garden 
playing with the 4 grands. 

There are no McCallie daughters so your 
class secretary had the fun of putting on a big 
rehearsal dinner last Labor Day weekend with 
1 50 for seated dinner under a white tent in the 
garden; our #3 son Dr. Jack Bass McCallie 
married Frances Williamson. Three '48 class- 
mates helped us celebrate - Felicia Jackson 
Burns and John, Diane King Nelson and 
Harry, Suzanne Hardy Beaufort and a 
charming A.F. Colonel. Since some of our GA 
belles could not come Ann Ricks Griffin 
plans a mini-reunion with Juanita Minchew 
Faulk, Diane, Suzanne and me all going 
to Perry, GA for a weekend of catching up on 
47 years of friendship. 

Bea Backer Simpson wrote a special 
message: "On a beautiful Thanksgiving after- 
noon my husband, son and I stopped by Sweet 
Briar for a look-around. The campus was tran- 
quil. The sights and muted fall colors around 
thegrounds and by the lake and the views to 
the horizon across the playing fields and 
woods and hills were lovely to behold. Of 
course we missed seeing students - but the 
resttulness of the visit was beneficial and I re- 
membered the same calming influence from 
the natural beauty during my student days so 
long ago." Perhaps each of us should plan a 
visit back to the Patch to help us handle the 
stress we live in. Thank you. 



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1951 



President: Mary Pease Fleming 
Secretary: Diane Richmond Simpson 
Fund Agent: Joan Motter Andersen 

Ruth Clarkson Costello celebrates 4 
years tree Irom cancer - and we are all tiappy 
tor her. Stie looks forward to being in Kansas 
City 11/15 for tfie world premiere of We. and 
Mrs. Bridge starring Paul Newman and 
Joanne Woodward. The author of the 2 books 
from which the film was made is her longtime 
friend Evan Connell, Ruthie is staying with his 
sister in Kansas City as are - you guessed it - 
the Newmans. The earthquake in San Fran- 
cisco shook Ruthie's house. It also shook all 
the apples off the trees and in true form Ruthie 
made 32 pounds of applesauce and drove it 
75 miles to a food bank. A 1/90 bulletin from 
the Mark Costello Fan Club (Ruthie's son) 
announced his appearance in a new 1/2-hour 
soap called Tribes 

Jean Randolph Bruns spent last win- 
ter in Indonesia with son Bryan and his fam- 
ily Bryan is a consultant on irrigation projects 
for rice culture. She spent a week in Bath, En- 
gland en route home and was back in England 
again with a group from her Washington, DC 
church Julie MIcou Eastwood and Dick 
visited Randy in tvlarch. They are starting re- 
tirement, looking for a boat to buy and live on 

- in USA and France. Ruth Mager Peterson 
and husband Walter look forward to a trip to 
Australia and New Zealand - renewing a friend- 
ship with an Australian couple they met in AK 

- also excited about seeing exotic animals. 
Ruth IS a zoo decent, sings with a country cho- 
rus, and helps the kids with their rehabbing 
projects. They loved an Elderhostel in 
Yellowstone' Lynn McCullough Gush is 
busy with dogs, tropical plants, and harp and 
piano playing Her tennis and ballet are im- 
proving Her students get "messier every year." 
Sue Lockley Glad and Ed moved to a condo 
in Pasadena and plan a vacation home lor chil- 
dren and grandchildren, probably in n. CA. 
They will be with daughter and son-in-law (on 
temporary med. fellowship) in Australia at 
Christmas. A son, married in the spring, is in 
Costa Rica tor a year. The museum of science 
and industry does well. 

Patty Lynas Ford and Dick are travel- 
ers: England in Oct for Agatha Christie's 1 00th 
birthday, Portland, OR in Feb. with Ruthie to 
visit Marcey Staley Marks and John. In 
April they were in Boston for the fVlonet Exhi- 
bition where M.J. Eriksen Ertmanand 
Gardner gave them a tour of Wellesley, Con- 
cord and Lexington. They visited Harvard 
School of Public Health and met people Patty 
knows through her job at Stanford, also found 
an old h.s. friend at Harvard B. School. Back 
in CA, they enjoy granddaughter Rachael. 
Betty Brawner Bingham is busy with her 
travel agency, politics, the chamber of com- 
merce, and A S.T.A. All 3 boys are doing well: 
Bill in cardiovascular research in Durham. 
IVIiles a sr. engineer building bridges in New 
Orleans, and Pierce running his own Raw Bar. 
Betty went to Poland and Germany in Sept, 



Terry Faulkner Phillips and Wess son 
Charley married Gwyn Burns, The wedding 
was outdoors in front of an arbor. There was 
classical violin music and two Camelot 
tentS-Terry and Gwiyn's lather each read from 
the Bible. 

Patty Carlin Friese is married to the 
owner and publisher of Unique Homes ani 
Travel Agentmsqszme. They were in Germany 
tor the A. S.T.A. Convention Seven children 
and 4 grandchildren keep them hopping. Patty 
is into calligraphy, grad work and golf. She 
sees Marianne Delacorte Holland and 
Dotter Barney Hoover often, has an SBC 
sticker on her car, and looks forward to Re- 
union! Nedra Greer Stimpson and husband 
Ben spend lots of time at their country place - 
Ben loves to hunt and fish. They had 4 wed- 
dings and 2 grandchildren over 4 years. Eldest 
daughter Nedra lives in Mobile, has one son 
and expects in fVlarch. Second daughter lives 
in Greenville, AL and also expects in March. 
Son Ben is in Nashville, TN with wife and 
daughter. Daughter Greer was married last 
summer and lives with her resident (in urol- 
ogy at Bowman-Gray Hospital) husband in 
Winston-Salem, NC. Son John, 22, is a pro on 
the tennis circuit Nedra visited Carol 
Rolston Toulmin who still lives on her farm 
in Montgomery 

Ruth Oddy Meyer enjoys her grand- 
daughter (2) Ruth had a reunion with Mona 
Wilson Beard and husband Will, and with 
Janet Broman Dingle and husband Larry 
when they arrived in Darien tor a wedding. All 
looked marvelous and much too young for a 
40th - true of us all, I'm sure. Anne 
Sinsheimer is remodeling, and so traveling 
to no more faraway and exotic places than the 
grocery store. Anne hopes to be in the house 
by Christmas. She talked to Joan Motter 
Anderson. Anne wishes that reunion could be 
at a cooler time but will try to come Pauline 
Nichols Holmes is traveling to Washington 
DC, her home in NC, and to SC to visit Mary 
Jane French Halliday whom she hasn t 
seen in 1 6 years. They are also visiting friends 
in GA and FL. Peg Seaman Pinkos and 
husband George have 5 children and 4 grand- 
children between them. The youngest son is 
at home, a music major in guitar. Peg says he's 
the same "noisy Sherman tank on a search and 
destroy mission" which she wrote us about 21 
years ago. George has his own computer sys- 
tems CO. and Peg is MIS director for a large 
architectural firm, Burt Hill Kosar Riherman, 
that designs research labs. They hope to make 
Reunion 401 

Ashby Jenkins Willcox sent me a 
newsletter from the Nortolk Botanical Garden 
Society with an article about Marie 
Ironmonger Bundy, their new president. 
Marie plans to make the garden among the 
premier in the country, a national resource lor 
education and tourism. Ashby and Susan 
Taylor Hubbard run a bread & breakfast res- 
ervation service. Susan recommended reading 
Road from Coorain by Ji 1 1 Ker Conway. Toddy 
Barton still works tor I Wanamaker in his 
quest of rebuilding Shakespeare's Globe The- 
atre on the banks of the Thames. Toddy loves 
being Director in the Midwest Region She 
looks forward to Reunion. Jo Williams 



Fraser and Bob plan to celebrate his 70th 7/ 
91 in a 9 room house in ME - with all 19 chil- 
dren and grandchildren. They will miss re- 
union because of a trip to Switzerland - we 
shall miss them. Jo is still solving computer 
problems while writing references lor Bob's 
medical textbook, 3rd edition. Sue Bauman 
Gill raises labradors and has 6 grandchildren, 
2 each in Chattanooga, Houston and Jackson- 
ville, Sue IS recuperating from knee surgery 
and hopes to be at Reunion. 

Nancy Keen Butterworth Palmer 
enjoys having 4 grandchildren close by, John 
Gray retired so N,K is an authority on "lunch", 
Janet Broman Dingle and Larry had a great 
visit and "lunch" with them in Nashville. Janet 
and Larry were en route to Huntsville, AL tor 
Larry's 8th A.F. 351st Bomb Group Reunion 
In Oct Katharine Phinizy Mackie, Marcy 
Staley Marks and Cindy Wyman 
Richardson had a tun reunion in Washing- 
ton, DC where Kathy and Marcy were visiting 
children. Cindy may hold the class record tor 
no. of children - 9! All 3 plan to attend Reunion. 
'Sunshine' (Tsun-Hsien) Kwan Bhagat 
enjoys early retirement, traveling and grand- 
children. She flew to Sydney, Australia to stay 
with her grandson while daughter Smruti Dale 
commutes to LA. flying for Delta. Smruti's 
husband works tor the Gilette Co. in Sydney. 
Sunshine is eager to locate Commer Leisy. If 
any of you have news of her, please tell the 
alumnae office 

Helen Sanford 42 writes that Peggy 
Chisholm just finished a book. Invitations to 
Prayer, with excerpts from the works of a 
former dean of Westminster Abby. St. Claire 
Hayden D'Wolf is thrilled with her first 
grandchild, George Elliot Best. Pinkie 
Barringer Wornham and Tom are delirious 
over their first grandchild - Thomas Richard 
Wornham, born 3/5 They call him 'The Bear'. 
They did the Danube River cruise in Oct. and 
loved it Carolyn Sample Abshire lives in 
Old Town Alexandria with husband David who 
is president of the Center for Strategic and In- 
ternational Studies Son Lupton, in Uganda 
this year, will continue towards ordination in 
the Episcopal Church. Daughter Anna will 
marry a Virginian in June, Mary Lee embarked 
on a doctorate in psychology at the Univ. of 
Nevada Other daughters with them are in 
school and working 

Mary Semple Riis was appointed a di- 
rector of the Eastern Shore Institute For Life- 
time Learning. Mary and husband Eriing 
moved from Mobile to Fairhope, AL in 1981 
Mary is a freelance writer and poet and pub- 
lished 3 articles in Ttie Mobile Bay Monthly 
In Mobile, Mary was active in the Jr. League 
and editor of its publication, Folio. A note from 
Jane Moorefield was late for last years 
news. She retired after 35 years as a chemist 
tor the SC Highway Dept Jane has worked 
part-time at the new state museum doing sci- 
ence presentations for schoolchildren. She 
also enjoys a new career teaching math at the 
local technical college. Caria de Creny 
Freed's news is also late. She enjoyed the 
SBC trip to Russia - says it was fabulous and 
recommends it be repeated. Carta had a spe- 
cial reunion with 4 children and 3 grandchil- 
dren 2 summers ago in Nantucket. Mary 



Pease Fleming and Rives sold the children's 
homestead and moved to smaller quarters. 
Mary teaches piano and plays lor ballet 
classes. They entertained at the beach last 
summer - all 8 grandchildren and their parents. 
Mary sends news of Seymour Laughon 
Rennold's 60th birthday party complete with 
a jazz band- All 3 daughters came from NY to 
give the party Anne Sheldon Taylor and 
Henry were there en route to Austria for 
Oberammergau. Mary and Rives and Seymour 
and John had dinner with Annie 
Mountcastle Gamble and Bob who were in 
Richmond visiting Annie's brother Frank. 

Mary is Reunion chair. Seymour is writ- 
ing questionnaires and letters designed to get 
us all in a frenzy to attend. I am compiling the 
scrapbook, so ptease send pictures and news 
and come to Reunion! Those who do not attend 
are in danger of being elected Class Secretary! 



1952 



President: Betty Morris Parrott 
Secretary: Mary McCurdy Taylor 
Fund Agent: Anne Forster Dooley 

An impressive headline about Cynthia 
Balch Barnes in the Observer-Dispatch oi 
Utica, NY. Cynthia, of Westmoreland, is the 
new coordinator of the Mid-York Literacy Vol- 
unteer Program Ruth Edgerton Boyer 
wrote about 3 wonderful days at Clara Mc- 
Donald Bass' magnificent hilltop house with 
Mary Boyd Ronald and Nancy Trask Wood 
Ruth's address is new: 71 7 North Spence Av- 
enue, Goldsboro, NC 27534 Barbara Hoyt 
Boyer has been married 40 years' All 5 chil- 
dren are married and their 7th grandchild was 
born 1 year ago. John is still chairman & presi- 
dent of Philadelphia Suburban Corporation. 
Grace Wallace Brown and Brady have, 
since May, been building a new house at 
"Ashley Pond" in MA and, hopefully, did move 
in for Christmas. Brady moved his mail-order 
business, Hydrosorbent, into an outbuilding. 
Grace continues to commute between their 
house in Purchase and there. Sallie Ander- 
son Broyles went to Kenya & Tanzania for 
her 60th birthday and was wowed She still 
works at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center part- 
time and volunteers at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 

Carma Lindsey Burton writes of ad- 
justment since the death of her husband 5 
years ago. She finds love and comfort with 
good friends and family. Carma is president 
of Caring House, a group dedicated to build- 
ing an outpatient home for folks who come to 
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. Jean 
Caldwell is still officiating at horse shows as 
a dressage judge. She is also involved in Ha- 
waiian Humane Society & HI Nature Center. 
Travels often and got to the World Equestrian 
games in Stockholm. Nancy Hamel Clark 
went to Scotland in July with Blake and her 
daughter Ann - saw the British Open in St. An- 
drews where they had dinner with Ken Scott, 
Janet Graham's husband who was awarded the 
American Phytopathological Society Fellow- 
ship. Both Clark children on national TV in Oct. 



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- Ann on NBC nightly news as head of A 
Child's Place, a school for homeless children, 
and Jim on TBS for the Andy Griffith Show re- 
union. Polly Plumb deButts works in the 
guidance and counseling office tor D.C. pub- 
lic schools and as a director of Children's Edu- 
cation Foundation Inc., which assists the 
high-at-risk. The need is great and she has no 
intention of retiring - even tho her 6 grandchil- 
dren are tempting to spent time with. 

Harriet Thayer Elder said, My lite 
seems to get better and better. Live in 
Asheville. A counseling practice (Horizons Un- 
limited). Love the mountains, hiking, folk 
dancing, meditating and generally feel blessed. 
My 1st grandchild due in April." Eulalle 
McFall Fenhagen - remember - writes of 
business at General Seminary. Still loves the 
Big Apple but they bought coastal property 
near Pawley's Island in SC lor retirement in 4 
years. Their children - 2 boys and 1 girl - are 
all in NY. The boys are in TV production. 
Laura Radford Galey is excited to be back 
to "her roots" in Bedford County, VA. They 
renovated a family home "Rothsay" and moved 
back in June in time to host a family reunion. 
They love being close enough to enjoy SBC 
"happenings" and Laura is very enthusiastic 
about Barbara Hill. In Irvington, VA Mary 
John Ford Gilchrist & Stuart work as a team 
for Chesapeake properties. They love their new 
home on Carters Creek near the Tides Inn. 
Brookey Morris and Jack Parrot visited. Go on 
down! 

Mary Gesler Hanson finds life in Dal- 
las heaven and her work exciting. As a buyer's 
assistant in men's catalog for J.C. Penny, Mary 
is in charge of men's socks, underwear, paja- 
mas and robes. There are 7 catalogs per year 
and merchandising sounds so much lun. 
Peggy Nelson Harding enjoys her part-time 
accounting business; concentrating on indi- 
vidual taxes but has a continuing client for 
whom she does bi-monthly payroll. Her hus- 
band retired for the 2nd time and will teach 
part-time. Benita Phinizy Johnson is loyal 
as ever and still missing our best kid - Robin 
Ramey. Volunteers all over the place. Children 
fantastic, very successful! Ginger Karren 
changes careers daily - substitute teaching in 
special ed. She runs a bed & breakfast in her 
NY apartment and is taking a TV commercial 
course - Go Ginger! Just saw Marty Legg 
Katz at Phil's Uncle Ted's funeral in Lincoln, 
MA last month. She, poor dear, had fallen at 
the Baltimore aquarium and wrecked her knee 
so was on crutches. Martha loves her studio 
which she built complete with a big RED 
Jacuzzi for six (or did she say sex). 

Ann Hoagland Plumb Kelsey and 
Jack spend winters in FL. Are in and out of 
NYC and spend a lot of time in Cape Cod. 
Charlotte Snead Stifel built a house near 
the Kelsey's in FL and they hope to lure Jackie 
Razook Chamandy there. Are you listening, 
Jackie? Jack is partially retired from Paine- 
Webber in NY and Ann is coordinator of main- 
tenance. Ginge Liddel tells us of a sad, sad 
1 990. Bob Liddel died at home in Sept. of pan- 
creatic cancer. We all remember him as a real 
part of our class and we send our belated love 
and condolences. Deedee Bell Lyon writes 
from Syria, VA. Her major interest continues 



to be competitive trail riding, this year to PA, 
MD,VA, NC and WV. She had a fabulous ride 
in the NC Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Still 
works with Kitchie Ewald buying for The Very 
Idea. Gabrlelle Maupin and Hans have trav- 
eled a lot since his retirement from teaching 
ancient Chinese History at Columbia. He lec- 
tures on cruise ships - Indonesia last year. Her 
daughter Danielle works at Museum of Natu- 
ral History in Washington and sees a lot of 
Gabrielle's twin. Bunny Maupin. It's wonder- 
ful to hear Suzanne Bassewitz 
Mentzinger's joy in her still-new marriage, 
practice and volunteer work with Volunteers for 
Wildlife. She's even being taught to garden by 
her new mother-in-law. 

Just missed Marianne Vorys Minister 
in Naples, FL. Business is great, she says, and 
children all fine. We share the same love for 
our interior design business. Trudy Morron 
nee Kelly's 3 daughters are married and she 
is about to be a grandmother for the 3rd time. 
All look lora/ard to her mother's 90th birthday 
in June. She teaches teens in a psychiatric 
hospital in New Canaan - a great challenge. 
Millie O'Neal writes from England, happily 
ensconced with her family (including 4 amaz- 
ing grandchildren) and is a part-time gardener 
and a full-time dieter. Jane Mattas 
Christian's husband retired and she still sells 
real estate but finds time for golf and tennis. A 
card from Nancy Messick Ray who, with 
her husband Chris, is spending a year in Syra- 
cuse, NY while he is visiting professor at Syra- 
cuse U. Law School. All the children are well 
and Graham, their oldest is the head nurse at 
an Aids Research Clinic in Denver. Peggy 
Moore Ripley reports, "Jackie Razook Cha- 
mandy, Sandra Zelie Mulinos and I had a 
splendid Sept. weekend in Washington, at the 
placing of the last stone in the Washington 
Cathedral. Anne Garst Strickland was our 
Washington tour guide. Aside from Sandra 
losing her pocketbook, Anne's car going dead 
at the White House, the hotel having only one 
of the 2 requested rooms, and nearly getting 
smashed by a speeding ambulance, we had a 
grand time!" 

Jane Russo Sheehan is near me in MA, 
still "playing with ponies." She is off to Beijing 
to see her new in-laws. Sue Judd Sllcox and 
Jack are line. Six grands - and their daughter 
in San Jose was a bone marrow donor last 
March to a child who suffered from Aplastic 
Anemia. His progress has been remarkable. A 
great picture and nice note from Frances 
Street Smith. She and Gordon atop a gor- 
geous camel in Egypt! They moved from that 
BIG house of 30 years to a not so small condo. 
Children are all fine and nearby and they have 
5 grandchildren, 4 to 12, Josie Sibold and 
Suzanne Crist Lee are there, Josie into art 
creations and Suzanne, as we know, in public 
TV. Louise Wart ield Stump and Humpy do 
a lot of fox hunting in the fall and winter and 
she switches to 5 phase eventing in the spring 
and early fall. She got recycling going at their 
church, with huge success. Great. 

Berta Russ Summerell is making the 
papers and making her mark in art. For 20 
years, the Raleigh lady was into ecclesiastical 
needlepoint. 25 churches commissioned her 
work. But now since 1980, she designs 



houses, additions mainly, and has been as 
successful at the drafting table as on the can- 
vas. Pat Beach Thompson visited Portugal 
and Madeira in 1989. They planned Egypt in 
2/91 but obviously called that off until 2/92. 
Instead Mexico in March. The Thompsons love 
their farm 1/2 hr. north of Mt. Kisco where they 
spend weekends and Pat continues acting or 
designing musical backgrounds for plays. Pat 
says our reunion in 1992 is the 500th anni- 
versary of Columbus landing! She always had 
facts of note! A happy note from "Kitchie" 
Roseberry Tolleson hopping from 
Gultstream, FL to Harbor Springs, Ml to Char- 
lottesville. Planned Parenthood is her cause 
celebre plus4 grandchildren and 2 little shops. 
Casey Black Underwood and Roger are 
grandparents of twin boys Scott and Eric 
Undentfood bom to son David in Truckee, CA 
where they manage Squaw Valley Lodge. Pat 
Layne Winks directs a program which pro- 
vides co-op housing & counseling for the 
mentally ill. Kids are well and Pat is going to 
Austin in April to see her daughter and have a 
little barbecue. 

Janis Thomas Zeanah is a health and 
science writer and editor at the U. of AL at 
Birmingham's Comprehensive Cancer Center. 
She works with national and local media. The 
quarterly cancer magazine she edits is distrib- 
uted internationally. Janis enjoyed the SB Day 
luncheon in Birmingham last Christmas with 
her daughter, Caroline Sparrow (SBC '81 ) and 
other local alums. Her favorite leisure activity 
is baby-sitting with grandson John Gregory 
Thomas Hawk, 2, and traveling with her hus- 
band Charley, retired p.r. executive with Ethyl 
Corp., headquartered in Richmond, VA where 
they lived before moving to Birmingham 1/86. 
Neela Perkins Zinsser loves her job of 
bringing performing arts events to SB for 
Babcock Season, but monies are short for the 
arts. She is Involved with millions of things - 
including thrift shop in AmhersL building sup- 
port lor planned parenthood in Lynchburg, and 
Daily Bread, a lunchtime soup kitchen. 

So there it is. Lots of news. Where are the 
rest of you guys!? My business of interior de- 
sign boomed even in the recession. Just did a 
condominium in HI - can you believe it? Love 
to all. 



1955 



President: Shirley Sutliff Cooper 
Secretary: Ginger Chamblin Greene 
Fund Agent: Catherine Cage Bruns 

Greetings from your new secretary. Many 
thanks to Tinker for the hard work she put into 
this column for the past 5 years. 

First of all, those of you (22 by my count, 
with several husbands) who came to our 35th 
reunion know what a marvelous time we had. 
It was wonderful seeing Fritz Merrlman 
Naylor and her husband Les. Amanda 
McThenIa lodlce dug through her scrap- 
books and put 1955-vintage photos of many 
of us on our doors. She also had the program 
from our Freshman Show. We had great par- 



ties (and little ones, too), and never stopped 
talking, and ted the squirrels, and tried to re- 
member words to step-singing songs. For 
those who didn't get there, let me say that you 
really missed a treat; every minute of it was fun, 
and so for heaven's sake come to the next one, 
In 1995. It's not too early to start planning. 

After the reunion Tinker and Did! Stoddard 
stopped by my house In Charlottesville. It was 
rebuilt after the fire, and I love to show it off. 
Didi and my husband Art traded cooking tips 
while Tinker and I played with our 2 new 
Siamese kittens. Now for the news. Tinker 
Beard married off relatives and weni to the an- 
nual mini-reunion at Shirley Sutliff Cooper 
and Tom's place In ME. Didi Stoddard and 
Anne Williams Manchester and Eli were 
there too, along with Sue McDonald and 
Nancy Douthat Goss, and a good time was 
had by all in spite of a little fog and a power 
failure. The food and entertainment sound 
wonderful. They fried to round up DIanne 
Varney Greenway but had to settle for a 
phone call. She will be moving to HI soon to 
work on a book. 

Jane Feltus Welch is having a re- 
sounding success in a new play. Other 
People's Money, which opened off-Broadway 
and then went on tour. It got great reviews, and 
several of us saw it and thought it terrific. 
Honey Addlngton Passano sent a review 
from the Baltimore Sun. Bexy Faxon 
Knowles took a lot of pictures at the reunion 
which will show up In our next scrapbook. She 
Is a full-time real estate broker and active with 
the Women's Council of Realtors; she Is the 
1990 Governor for the Council's Maine 
Branch. She was named "1989 Realtor of the 
Year" by the Portland Board of Realtors. Jane 
Dildy Williams had a Caribbean cruise last 
winter. Another traveler is Lee FIducIa 
Hartmann; Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. 
Susan Hayward Collins had an annual 
shopping trip to Hong Kong; tell us your se- 
cret SusanI And Jeannette Kennedy Han- 
cock and Jimmle plan to visit BItsy Meade 
Hastings and Don in Kuala Lumpur some- 
time In 1990. 

Dede Harrison Austin volunteers in 
Savannah with the Colonial Dames and sev- 
eral hospital committees and the Park and Tree 
Commission. We have a successful author in 
our midst - Emily Hunter Slingluff She 
was autographing copies of her book, A 
Present to the Newborn, at the SBC Book Shop 
during reunion weekend. She keeps busy with 
workshops and radio and t.v. appearances. 
Diane Johnson de Camp is the new presi- 
dent of her Terrace Park Garden Club. Her an- 
nual "month In London" sounds great, too. 
Another office holder Is Derrlll Maybank 
Hagood, elected vice regent of the prestigious 
Mount Vernon Ladles Association. And Betty 
Sanford Molster was elected Chairman of 
the St. Catherine's School Board of Governors. 
I visited Amanda McThenIa lodlce in Jan. 
She edits a monthly newsletter and does many 
volunteer jobs as well, and visits her "intelli- 
gent and beautilul" grandchild in AK. Another 
AK traveler is Nathalie Robertson Fox, who 
took an inland cruise there. She also travels 
with her husband Dave's jazz band. 

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"finally" graduated (B.S. '89) and is now get- 
ting a Master's Degree^ Commuting from New- 
port News to ttie Univ of MD sounds daunting 
but I'm sure Liz can tiandle it, Kay Roberts 
McHaney is co-owner of a newspaper in TX. 
She is also active in many community orga- 
nizations. Patsy Smith Ticer had tempo- 
rarily abandoned real estate to act as Vice 
Mayor of Alexandria. She is also in many re- 
gional organizations and is on the Governor's 
Early Childhood Council. Mitzi Streit 
Halla's travel agency sounds exciting. Maybe 
we can get her to work up a group tour for us' 
Jane Lindsay Riddell's mother sent news 
of Jane's 3 daughters. One of the twins, Mary, 
is a Captain in the Air Force and spent a year 
in Turkey. The other twin, Cathy, graduated in 
3 years from the Univ. of AL and is with 
Hewlett-Packard, Carol graduated from Spring 
Hill College and passed her CPA exams. Jane 
would be proud of all of them. Sandy Rliodes 
Berglund retired from nursing in favor of golf, 
skiing, and cruises. She has been to golf 
school twice. 

Our stockbroker, Catlierine Cage 
Burns, is now with Thomas White & Co. and 
was accepted into the previously all-male Ki- 
wanis Club. She volunteered for the Economic 
Summit in Houston last July Camiile Wil- 
liams Yow was Queen tor the Atlanta Beaux 
Arts Ball, "Carnival 1990," and Patricia 
Collins Massad was president of the Fort 
Worth Jewel Charity Ball. Sounds like we're 
still good at dancing and organizingi Lydia 
Plamp Mower was married to Ted in Sept. 
Bar Plamp Hunt and George were there. 
naturally; Bar stood up with Lydia and Bishop 
Hunt performed the ceremony. Shirley 
Sutliff Cooper made sure everything was 
done properly Lydia is in touch with Gene 
Smith Smith and Tom, and sees Phyllis 
Herndon Brissenden ("she looks great") 
and Mickey Langs Holcamp occasionally 
Ethyl Green Banta runs a bed & breakfast 
in Natchez and loves it 

So many are marrying off the kids and 
collecting grandchildren, I don't think I have 
room for them all. Gail Davidson Bazzarre s 
3rd daughter was married in Oct , Anne Lynn 
Harrell Welsh's oldest daughter was married 
in June: Retta Jelks Vance's 2 daughters 
had a double ceremony in July; Nancy 
Douthat Goss's "#2" son was married last 
Nov ; Elizabeth Fankhouser Burrells 
older daughter married last May, Pat Smith 
Ticer's daughter, last Oct.; also in Oct., Betsy 
Miller Saylor's son. I'll try to collect all the 
grandchildren in another column, but I can't 
resist mentioning Petsy Gautier Mezeyand 
Cliff's bonanza - they expect to hear of twins 
on July 4 and a single later on. 

Betsy Stevens Sutton moved perma- 
nently to FL in Jan. One of her children was in 
a serious auto accident but we hope is doing 
well now Burney Parrott Sheeks is start- 
ing a new business She writes that she is even 
less organized now than before - is that pos- 
sible? Suzanne Schmid had a wonderful 3 
months of camping, skiing and backpacking 
in the Adirondacks. She especially enjoyed 
skiing to her dental appointment. 

Keep those cards and letters coming. 



1956 



President: Frances Gilbert Browne 
Class Secretary: Jane Black Clark 
Fund Agent: Frances Shannonhouse 
Clardy 

In Santa Barbara Debby Brown Stalker 

built a playhouse for her 3 grandchildren. She 
is chairing a benefit for the Music Academy of 
the West at reunion time, and can't join us. 
Nancy Entenmann Howe is looking for- 
ward to reunion and hopes Dick will come. 
Dick completes 3rd term as Sr. Warden at 
church and her Bar auxiliary work diminishes 
in Toledo. They visited daughter Becky, grand- 
son Ian and dr. son-in-law in El Paso. Son Dirk 
seeks job in Washington after 5 years in Bos- 
ton Made Clay Nichols has a house in 
Provence, France tor June which makes re- 
union a tough choice From Raleigh, Jane 
Street Steele reports a visit with Mary 
Alice Major Duncan in Hopkinsville, KY. 
Jane and Henry spent Thanksgiving with her 
daughter Mary who has worked in Europe 
since 9/89. Jane saw Hazel Herring Harvey 
and daughter Molly at a wedding in Raleigh; 
hopes to be at reunion. 

Planning to come are Catherine 
Lotterhos Mills, Ann Stevens Allen, 
Barbara Bernhard MacLea, Carolyn 
Dickinson Tynes, Helen Turner Murphy 
and Tayloe Peggy Anne Rogers, Prince 
Trimmer Knox and Joe Frances Gilbert 
Browne and Herb. Byrd Stone, Ginny 
Echols Orgain, Bunny Burwell Nesbit 
and David and I Others trying to come are; 
Frances Shannonhouse Clardy, Joyce 
Lenz Young and Hugh. Jolly Mayberry 
Schram. Ann Train Ross (from London!), 
Gary Maxwell Rousseau, Ruth Philips 
Hollowell, Mitzie Djerf DeRidder, 
Louisa Hunt Coker, Meredith Smythe 
Grider, Hazel Herring Harvey, Bet 
Forbes Rayburn, Mimi Thornton 
Oppenheimer, Anne Willis Hetlage, 
Mary Alice Major Duncan, and Caroline 
Robinson Ellerbe. Among those who can- 
not come are Denny Dolan Hendel who has 
"fond memories ol my year in Boxwood '54- 
'55 " She and Steve will meet their backpack- 
ing son and his wife in Greece. Marjorle 
Manget Lyman has a recurring dream about 
SBC Sally Whittier Adams has a family 
wedding the same weekend. Jane Engleby 
Sigloh will send a picture for the scrapbook. 
Daughter Sally will be at SBC for her 5th re- 
union. Jane and Denny will be in France and 
are so sorry to miss reunion. Norma Davis 
Owen will be glad to contribute to class gift 
but cannot come to reunion. Sarah Sharp 
Taylor says, "I'd like to be there but have 3 
sons graduating (B.A and 2 M.B A.'s!) from 
U. ol Chicago and Stanford." Her dream come 
true was a 3 week safari in Kenya 

Peggy Pattillo Beckham went to 
Cambridge last summer with U. TX continu- 
ing ed. program and studied 9 novels in 2 
weeks. Also Peggy had a tun bicycle tour in 
VT in the fall. This sent her home to Abilene, 
TX resolved to get in better shape She and Bob 



have 6 grandchildren with another due in June. 
Frances Gilblert Browne s sons are work- 
ing hard, Howard as a lavifyer, Gilbert at Chapel 
Hill lor an MBA and Paul in 2nd year law 
school there too, Sherrye Patton Henry ran 
for NY State Senate from East End of Long Is- 
land, She charged her opponent with raising 
taxes, disregarding the environment, refusing 
to ban semi-automatic rifles. It was a hot cam- 
paign. Her Christmas card picture with attrac- 
tive family said 'Alas - the election was lost but 
adventure was woni' Louise Hunt Coker 
writes from Franklin, VA that her oldest son 
was married 12/90 in a blizzard in 
Spartanburg, SC, She expected son #2 to fi- 
nally make them grandparents in Feb, Joan 
Fisch Gallivan and Jimmy sent a picture 
with 3 grandchildren Son Jimmy and wile 
Sharon and 3 boys who live in Dallas were with 
Joan for Thanksgiving at Litchfield Beach, SC 
Clarke and Joe, both single, live and work in 
Nashville, Joan was with Carolyn Dickinson 
Tynes and Bayard. Weezie Mandeville 
Grant and John, Dede Candler Hamilton 
and Joe in Highlands. NC Also saw Mary 
Lee McGinnis McClain 54 and Frank and 
Derrill Maybank Haygood 55 and Ben 

Leila Thompson Taratus writes from 
Atlanta that they spent New Years in CA with 
Kenneth and his wife, Ellen who have a son (14 
mos.) and expect again in July, Daughter 
Helen and husband John, in Atlanta, have a 
daughter (14 mos) and expect in May, Leila 
hopes to come to reunion if the latter doesn't 
prevent it Iris Potieger Hinchman re- 
searches tor Eastern services and uses flight 
benefits to visit children; daughter and son-in- 
law in Dallas and son in San Francisco at D, 
Fines shope in Union Square, In summer she 
enjoys Sea Bright, NJ It's tun to get Prince 
Trimmer Knox's newsy cards. She looked 
forward to a Christmas visit from Eliza who is 
an art appraiser in San Francisco, Eliza and her 
father Joe have their 5th and 35th reunions at 
Princeton, a week after our 35th, Prince said 
that Mrs, Turner had a bronze statue of St, 
Catherine made for the garden of St, 
Catherine's School, Richmond, in honor ol 
daughters Helen Turner Murphy 56 and 
Katty Turner Mears 53. She also said that 
Mr Reid who had taught English at SBC died 
at Mt. Holyoke where he taught until retirement 
in '83. Prince had a hip replaced 

In AL Paula Sue Burnum Hayes who 
had been on the faculty at Shelton State Com- 
munity College in Tuscaloosa and developed 
a course tor adult women on women in litera- 
ture, directs a program tor displaced home- 
makers and single parents. Paula graduated 
PBK trom the U. of AL, received masters of 
education from U FL and Ph.D trom U. AL. 
She is a single parent with 3 married sons, one 
granddaughter Katie and daughter Susanna, a 
jr. at Birmingham Southern, Paula was nos- 
talgic visiting the college with Susanna, She'd 
like to work with the Turning Point Program 
at SBC if lite allowed She has a lifelong as- 
sociation with Paula Purse Pointer and was 
a neighbor to Ann Marie Jacobsen 
Shramko. She saw Barbara Darnell 
Clinton at Stratford on Avon in 1 956 Louise 
Gault and Eve Altsheler Jay plan to meet 
in NY this summer. Louise spent Sept, in 



Greece and Paris and planned to be in Paris 
for New Years Nancy Ettinger Minor 

moved to Skidaway Island outside Savannah 
She plays goll and watches construction of 
their house. Husband, Ral, flies on Mondays 
to his clients and returns later in the week. 
Nancy is studying for real estate license. Son 
Scott is in Huntsville, AL and daughter 
Catherine at Mercer U in Macon. She looks 
forward to reunion, 

Parksie Carroll Mulholland s daugh- 
ter Randie, husband, and son (17 mos) are 
back in Baltimore where Randie is Dir. of Ad- 
missions of Garrison Forest School. Son 
David works in Washington, DC tor Otis Eleva- 
tor and son Jeffery is an intern in surgery at 
MCV in Richmond. All get together at the Bryce 
Mountain house. Jackie is still chief of medi- 
cine and works too hard and Parksie hopes he 
will find a helper so they can play more golf. 
She gardens, lectures on horticulture, cares tor 
her mother, and is helping plan Garden Club 
of America annual meeting to be held in Balti- 
more in 1992. She is head of plant exchange 
for the meeting From Richmond, Linda 
Learned Whitfield reports trips to see chil- 
dren and grandchildren, a week in London and 
a leaf trip in New England. They expect #4 
grandchild this summer which is exciting as 
Katie and Dave have wanted a child for 3 years. 
Linda and Fred will be in HI visiting her brother 
at reunion time Joan Roberts Slattery 
writes from San Jose that son Marc is in col- 
lege in AL, Megan works and goes to law 
school, Carin teaches 5th grade and Paul nears 
certitication in Civil Engineering. She laments 
no grandchildren and got a Brittany puppy to 
liven things up. Joan cannot make reunion as 
she works full time while their business grows. 

Bunny Burwell Nesbit still works for 
Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) as on-site 
representative in Vienna, VA on FTSZOOO 
project. They work with AT&T to replace 60% 
of the federal government's telephone system. 
Daughter Katherine SBC '78 works on same 
project for AT&T Bunny hopes to make re- 
union Helen Turner Murphy wrote from 
Warsaw. VA that her godson George Freeman 
married Frances Gilbert Browne s niece in 
Statesville, NC 5/90 Leezle Parrish 
Laughlin and Mimi Thornton Oppenhei- 
mer were there Helen, Tayloe and daughter 
Anne went to Sugar Bowl 1/1/91 to cheer on 
UVA Cavaliers. Sad when U TN beat UVA by 
one point. With Anne at UVA Helen and Tayloe 
iump at any chance to visit Charlottesville. 
Anne joined Kappa Gamma sorority. Tayloe 
continues in the Legislature and chairs VA 
commission on Population Growth and Devel- 
opment. They look forward to reunion. In TX, 
Lottie Lipscomb Guttry purchased the 
Longview Sylvan Learning Center 9/90, Syl- 
vans are individually owned but part ol a na- 
tional franchise, Lottie has 3 grandchildren; 
Stephen (6) and Caitlin Barge (6 mos) in 
Marietta, GA with parents Melinda and Pat, 
Also Dabney Guttry (1 1/2) in Orlando with 
parents Johnny and Sherie Her son Robert 
(21 ) attends Centenary College in Shreveport, 

Sad news from Eleanor Russell in San 
Antonio Daughter Martha's 2 yr, old son Dal- 
las was drowned. After 10 days in intensive 
care in Macon, GA his lungs gave out. It was 



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traumatic for the whole family and he was bur- 
ied in Longview, TX 11/9. Our deepest sym- 
pathy goes to Eleanor and her family. As a 
result. Martha's 6 yr, old Matthew is living with 
Eleanor for a while, I can imagine how that has 
changed Eleanor's lite of teaching at [Roosevelt 
High, painting and the quiet home with her dog 
and cat. She expected Martha and Niki (1) for 
Christmas and Susan, Dan and Nathan (1) 
also. Son Mike and Elizabeth, in Fairbanks, AK, 
were to come to San Antonio to do research at 
U.T.S.A, They also planned a trip to Norway 
where Mike would give a paper at a conference. 
Eleanor and her mother made their 3rd trip to 
England last summer. She studied manu- 
scripts with Donald Jackson, scribe to Queen 
Elizabeth. Her mother was in a Cambridge 
seminar and they went to Bath. Janet Mon- 
roe Schumann, in Chevy Chase, MD, enjoys 
the SB club there. She is director of Develop- 
ment for Washington Hospital Center, the 
District's largest private teaching hospital. 
They are embarking on first capital campaign 
to raise 10-12 million for a world class can- 
cer institute. Daughter Pat, 31 , splits her time 
between Ireland and Spain in sports promo- 
tion with golf tournaments and other events. 
Daughter Polly, in DC, supports her vocation 
as a painter with a successful business doing 
vrall finishes, including murals, faux, etc. for 
residences and commercial properties. Mary 
Koonz Gynn's youngest child turned 21 . She 
is still involved in their farming operations 
while her husband is Director and VP of elec- 
tric motor manufacturer. At their summer home 
in Wl, they played golf every dry day. They try 
not to let farming and business intertere with 
golf. Winter plans include cross country ski- 
ing in Wl and tennis in Ft. Wayne. Ginny 
Echols Orgain had a happy holiday with both 
Frank and John B. at home. She was going to 
Charlotte in Jan. with furniture for John B's 
empty house and would see both Frances 
Gilbert Browne and Frances Shannon- 
house Clardy 

Laura Halley Bowen had a new grand- 
child 6/5/90, Elizabeth Rutherford Thorpe born 
to Carey and Beth. Their 3rd child Laurie SBC 
'79 has 2 children. From Hopkinsville, KY 
Mary Alice Major Duncan reports that their 
3 children are married and they have 4 grand- 
daughters. Son Bill is Aquatics Director and 
Swim Coach at Centre College and his wife is 
a physical therapist in Lexington, KY. Son 
Rives and his wife will graduate from Midwest 
Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. 
Daughter Andrea and her husband and 3 
daughters live in Ft. Thomas, KY while he fin- 
ishes his Ph.D. in microbiology at U. of Cin- 
cinnati. Mary Alice is moderator of 
Presbyterian Women in Western KY. News of 
Betsy Meade Hastings is invigorating. She 
returned to Lum Rd. Ext. Woodstock GA 301 88 
after living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Don 
established and managed a 2,500 acre export 
vegetable farm on Malaysia's east coast. It was 
first large equipment and first irrigation for 
Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is size of Atlanta with 
all modern amenities but also 3 cultures liv- 
ing side by side peaceably - 55% Malay (Mus- 
lim), 35% Chinese, 10% Indian. Her greatest 
joy was teaching Sarah (12), an abandoned 
Indian child, to read and write English. Son 



Don III, 22, spent fall doing field biology in 
Kenya and is a Davidson sr. Chris, 19, a soph, 
at Comell, takes international business. Hus- 
band Don's 3rd volume Gardening in the South 
with Don Hastings, annuals, perennial and 
houseplants will be published 2/1/91 by Tay- 
lor Publishing. Volume 2 Trees, Shrubs and 
Lawnswd Volume 1 Vegetables and Fruitsam 
"practical musts for any southern gardener 
fromVAtoGAtoLA." 

David and I had a difficult year. We lost 
my mother 1 1 /30 and his mother 1 2/1 5. They 
left a big void in our lives since we lived close 
all our lives. We are now settling estates. Wel- 
comed 2 dear additions - Jenny Clare Coe 
born to Alden and David in Easton, MD and 
Nathaniel Brady Morrison born to Janie '79 
and Jed in San Antonio. Went to France in Aug. 
with my sister and her husband: 3 days in 
Paris, 6 nights cruising in 6 passenger barge 
from Dijon to Pouillenay, then 3 nights in cha- 
teaux before home to reality. Sold our beloved 
Sandbridge cottage and will put our Nortolk 
house on the market in preparation for build- 
ing a retirement house on Linkhorn Bay at Va. 
Beach. It has been fun to hear from you these 
5 years. The class of '56 is an accomplished, 
fascinating and many faceted group. The book 
SBC 56would be a best seller! 



1959 



President: Jane Jamison Messer 
Secretary: Snowdon Durham Kisner 
Fund Agent: Mary Harrison Cooke Carle 

Thanks for your great response, and a 
special thanks to Betsy Colwill Wiegers for 

writing our news so capably last year and again 
bailing out her old roomie in times of stress. 
Cards indicate that 59'ers are on the go and 
that our progeny are graduating and/or pro- 
ducing their own progeny. 

Martha Ann Burnet Carlisle and Bob 
toured the western half of Turkey last year. 
Daughter Burnet married an Atlanta lawiyer, 
Campbell Tucker. Son Rob has a rhythm and 
blues band which played at W&L, UVA, and 
SBC recently. The audience expressed disbe- 
lief that Rob's mom attended SBC. Martha Ann 
is a V.P. of Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem. 
Isa Mary Lowe Ziegler and Alvin had a 
month in Germany and Eastern Europe. Two 
of their children live and work in San Fran- 
cisco, and one is a freshman at DC. Berkeley. 
Our leader, Jane Jamison Messer (new 
class president) had a fabulous trip to Europe 
with her Mom, Sarah Callison Jamison 
'29, the highlight of which was the Passion 
Play in Oberammergau. Son Scott received a 
great promotion with Titleist Co. He enjoys Rl 
and being near sister Sarah and her husband 
who live in Stamford, CT. 

All Wood Thompson and Travis left WA 
state for HI. Their new home is in Wailela, 
Maui, 2 blocks from the beach. All's garden is 
filled with fruit trees and tropical flowers. She 
studies ukelele and "slack key" guitar with an 
elderly Hawaiian. She'd love to see any class- 
mates. Marcia Payne Grant and hubby took 



advantage of their "empty nest" to travel to 
Scotland, then Switzerland (where they stayed 
in a friend's chalet), and to their oceanfront 
home in ME. Marcia still teaches 4th grade and 
is planning her daughter's April wedding. 
Betsy Colwill Wiegers and George cel- 
ebrate Iheir 25th anniversary with a dream trip 
to the Far East - Bangkok, Singapore, Bali, 
Hawaii, etc. They are also building a house in 
Vail for George's retirement (Betsy already 
started her retirement by spending a lot of the 
ski season in Vail). And how about this for re- 
tirement plans - Judy Nevins LeHardy and 
Ward are outfitting a 39' sailboat and plan to 
depart in the fall for a 3 1/2 year trip around 
the world. 

In the right place at the nght time were 
Judy Sorley Chalmers and Doug and 3 
children who were at and on the Berlin Wall 
the day the Brandenburg Gate opened. (See her 
articie In the winter '90-91 alumnae maga- 
zine.) Judy and Doug planned to go to the 
Soviet Union with People to People, a sports 
medicine group, 11/90. Anne Wimbish 
Kasanin and Mark had a week in Dordogne 
last summer, then enjoyed time with their sons 
in their new sea kayaks. Anne visited her 
mother and sister, Winkle, in Richmond. 
Rachel Bok Goldman and Allen attended a 
symposium on diabetic embryopathy in Israel. 
Son Jefferson was married in May. Rachel 
continues to serve on art and music boards, 
but her newest venture is coordinating a 
"Comfortable Cruising Course for Women" 
with licensed women captains as teachers 
(who do not yell!). One student was Ellie 
Cosby Erdman '60. Small world! 

Erna Arnold Westig and Sarah Jane 
Murdock Moore wrote just prior to a mini- 
reunion in CT with Jini Jones Dyer, Sandy 
La Staiti Silvia, Polly Taggard Taylor, 
and Mary Boyd Davis. Hope we get a full 
report. Erna is still director of guidance at 
Addison, and Ralph is still in physics research 
at Corning. Son Erik is a sr. at Cornell, with 
sights set on grad school at MIT. Karen gradu- 
ated from Boston U. Sara Jane and Jim's 
youngest is a freshman at UVA. Daughter Jane 
is in her 3rd year at U. of SC. Cathy (SBC '86) 
and Sarah both live in Richmond. Sarah pre- 
sented the Moores with their 2nd granddaughter. 

Other proud grandparents are Tabb 
Thornton Farinholt and Blair Barbour 
Thornton Farinholt, Jr. was born 10/5. 
Barbour's other grandmother is Peggy West 
Valentine '54. Tabb teaches at St. Catherine's 
and loves being back in the classroom. An- 
other new grandbaby is Nicholas Miller Lyie, 
whose proud grandmomma is Ann Pegram 
Harris. Ann reports that Betsy Brawner 
Pittman had a lovely pre-wedding party for 
her nephew. Jane Moore Banks and hus- 
band were visited at their vacation haven in 
Nags Head by her daughter and husband and 
Jane's pride and joy - her grandmother. Jane's 
son is engaged. 

Some of us were lucky enough to get 
"back to the Patch" this year. Dede Ulf 
Mayer and Judy Sorley Chalmers spent a 
few days at the Florence Elston Inn on cam- 
pus and were most impressed with a Suzuki 
Music program which was in session. Dede 
and Hank were in Charlottesville for the sum- 



mer. Son Tom is a jr. at W&L. Cookie Cooke 
Carle took daughter Rebecca back to SBC in 
Sept. where she is royally situated on 3rd floor 
Gray. Cookie longed to stay. Cookie enjoys her 
job with residents in a senior citizen's home. 
Her 90 year old dad, who is in such a home 
himself, lights up like a Christmas tree when 
Cookie sings the VMI light song for him. 

Alice Gary Farmer Brown and Lee at- 
tended the inauguration of Barbara Ann Hill as 
our new president. Said Alice Gary; "Already 
she has taken charge in a most positive and 
upbeat way, and morale is at an all-time high. 
She is young and vivacious. I predict a great 
future for our college - withz lot of work from 
all of us," (Alice Gary, for those of you who've 
been on Mars for the past few years, is on the 
Board of Directors at SBC - doing a great job, 
and we're all proud of her and grateful to her 
for her hard work and dedication.) Also at Pres. 
Hill's inauguration were Barbara Sampson 
Borsch and Liz Chambers Burgess, whose 
husband marched in the academic procession 
representing Old Dominion University. Alice 
Gary was thrilled to be in the front row wear- 
ing her SB hood and wished we all could have 
been there. Her other exciting news is a new 
granddaughter born to son Lyons and his wife 
in March. 

Susan Taylor Montague, at an elegant 
party at the Wi I lard Hotel in Washington hon- 
oring Pres. Hill, enjoyed seeing Doug and 
Judy Chalmers Lee and Alice Gary 
Brown, Patti Powell Pusey '60, and 
Dotsie Woods McLeod 58 In May Susan 
tooted to Richmond to SL Catherine's 100th 
anniversary celebration. She stayed with Mary 
Blair Scott Valentine and was delighted to 
catch up with Cay Ramey Howard, Lizora 
Miller Yonce. and Tricia Cox Ware who 
catered the dinner for the class of '55, Mary 
Ballou Handy Ballentine writes from Rich- 
mond that all is well. Husband Michael writes 
articles on Ireland for Fotvn ant/ Coiyn//y, Sons 
Joey and Teddy are both in Washington, Teddy 
doing an MBA at American University in real 
estate. Cricket is in NYC with Rolling Stone, 
and Roland Reynolds is in his 2nd year at 
Princeton. Mary Ballou, Cookie Cooke 
Carle and I had a grand, but brief reunion at 
my house last May prior to our 35th Stuart Hall 
class reunion. Some of our friendships which 
continued at SBC go back almost 40 years! 

Sue Hight Rountree creates miniature 
furniture for Colonial Williamsburg, does de- 
sign work, and gives workshops, and lectures. 
Husband Joe just returned from Hong Kong 
where Birds ot Williamsburg was printed - 
can't wait to see it. In Atlanta Ginny Robinson 
Harris will be very involved in the Atlanta 
Flower Show in Feb. She invites all 59'ers to 
stay with her for the 1996 Olympics. Daugh- 
ter Whitney, SBC '88, has 2 more years of vet 
school. Ginny asks if we saw Gay Hart 
Gaines and Stanley in the June issue of Town 
and Country. She said Gay looked spectacu- 
lar - but that's nothing new for our lovely queen 
of the May! Mary Todd Singh is adjusting 
to the S. CA lifestyle. Her husband transferred 
there with his environmental control firm. 
Mary's 2 children are at the U. of Michigan. 
Mary works with the Children's Protective Ser- 
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In Savannah Polly Space Dunn won- 
ders if she IS the only one still struggling to 
get a teenager out of h.s. Older daughter Eliza- 
beth will graduate from UVA in May^ The 
Dunns built a gorgeous new home in NC (by 
phone!) and hope to spend a lot of time there 
once Sarah gets settled. She and Betsy 
Wiegers meet in ski season. Liz Meyerink 
Lord's son Chris, who is at Harvard Business 
School, had a fabulous trek through New 
Zealand, Australia, China and Pakistan. Liz's 
daughter and family live in Medford, OR. 
Vicki Meeks Blalr-Smith has a son at Lake 
Forest and a daughter at Bowdoin Merl 
Hagerty Rumrill loves her work and having 
time to concentrate on her own life Caroline 
Green feels very well and had a lovely vaca- 
tion on Jekyll Island, GA. Ann Eagles 
Carroll is chaplain tor her DAR chapter and 
is getting good on the computer at her NSSAR 
job. Son Bill, who graduated from Davidson, 
studied with the Cambridge in England sum- 
mer program and then traveled. Ann was 
thrilled to finally see Plymouth Rock while on 
holiday in New England. 

You may remember in our last report that 
Alice Morris Gaskell was rumored to be 
serving 3 consecutive lite sentences in an En- 
glish jail. From a perhaps more reliable source 
(Peggy Anne Rogers '56j, we're relieved to 
learn that Alice and husband Ron live on a cliff 
in Cornwall in a remodeled tin miner's cottage. 
Alice has a pottery shop in back and is taking 
a time-out from professional and volunteer 
activities 

Ann Young Bloom is recovering from 
a nasty case of shingles. She and Larry en- 
joyed their annual July trek to Cape Hatteras. 
Di Doscher Spurdle and I had a great visit 
for 2 days in Washington in Sept. We enjoyed 
walking (and talking) lor hours in the crisp, 
sunny weather. Chuck and I are too busy with 
our business and civic duties, but enjoy life 
and our kids and grandbabies (2 precious little 
girls). Son Kenneth is the head basketball 
coach at Gloucester h.s. where he also teaches 
social studies. Richard will graduate from col- 
lege in Dec. and study in Spain before joining 
the real world! Thanks for responding to my 
plea for news. Hope you'll understand that 
because of space limitations, I had to do some 
editing. Cheers til next time! 



1960 



President: Anita Perrin Grymes 
Secretary: Barbara Bowen Moore 
Fund Agent: Margot A. McKee 

Hi 60's! Clay and I enjoyed reunion. He 
wants to return in '95. Thanks for your great 
response. Keep 'em coming and we'll have 
notes in every summer issue. Here goes: 

From Montgomery, AL: Rhett Ball 
Thaggard's daughter Betsy is in 1st year 
Harvard Law; her husband teaches poli-sci in 
Boston. Big plans to celebrate in C'ville this 
spring when Tom and Beverly graduate from 
U Va.. he in law, she undergrad. Judy Barnes 
Agnew's oldest daughter is an accountant. 



mid-one a college sr. and the youngest a jr. 
studying a semester in Spain. Judy had a trip 
to AK in '90 and 2 to USSR with h.s. students. 
She teaches in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Barbara 
Beam Denison (Bethesda. MD) has 2 wed- 
dings in '91: mid daughter Heather, 6/1 and 
older daughter Tracy, 11/16. Youngest daugh- 
ter. Dally, lives and works at home. Beam's 
framing business occupies her and she has tun 
in acting classes and in a song and dance 
group. George says hello. 

From Franklin Park, NJ: Nancy 
Beekman Carringer had a reunion with "all 
the children" and granddaughter in ME in 
summer of '90, then Matthew Justin Carringer 
was born 12/17, Nancy and Don still enjoy 
their work in education. She's taking 100 18- 
year-olds on their sr. trip this year and hopes 
to return to Tel Hadar lor excavations this sum- 
mer Barbara Bell (Bug) Peterson is still 
in CA (Piedmont). Sons: Ted married Caryl 
Koop from Chicago and lives in S.F. and Steve 
married a business undergrad at UC Berkeley. 
Ed and Bug skied and traveled in Africa. Betsy 
Bruechner Morris finds banking perilous 
these days (Bank of Boston), but life is good. 
She joined Peter (#2 son) in Bahia, Brazil "for 
travel, samba and voodoo!". Lura Coleman 
Wampler is in 11th year of horse breeding 
business, "Each morning I feed and clean the 
stall of 7 horses before showering and going 
to teach chemistry at The Shipley School in 
Bryn Mawr." Son is a sr. at U. ol Richmond 
and oldest daughter works in Philadelphia. 
Lura was at reunion alone because Fred and 
daughter were acting in a Shakespeare play. 
Fred looked magnificent in a photo in lull 
Shakespearean regalia! Joyce Cooper 
Toomey's son Christopher is at Randolph 
Macon, Jennifer is a jr. at Sweet Briar (sec. ol 
her class) and Charlie graduated from Loyola 
College. Catherine (SBC '84), Harry and 
grandbaby Catherine Gregorie are in Colum- 
bia, SC. Judy Cowan Jones's daughter 
Debbie (SBC '84) is member ol Atlanta-based 
Resolution Trust Corp & loves Atlanta, Allison 
(U.Va.'86) IS enrolled in Thunderbird (AZ) do- 
ing a masters in Int. Mgt., and Greg (Hampden 
Sydney '88) is with Financial Group of VA in 
Richmond. Judy and Allison went to Europe. 
She and husband Mac had western ski-trips. 
This year it's aerobics, tennis, classes for per- 
sonal growth and herself! 

Nancy Corson Gibbes and Joe are sta- 
tus quo" in Columbia, SC, ie. work and ten- 
nis. Her Ellen started Int. Bus, at USC, and 
Laney taught at NC. Outward Bound last sum- 
mer. Nancy and her dad went to Russia and 
from Vienna via the Danube to Istanbul. She 
and Joe were in Greece and Turkey in '90. Lee 
Cullum continues as editor of editorial page 
of the Dallas Times Herald and appears occa- 
sionally with a group of regional editors on the 
MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. Son, Cullum be- 
gan PhD in Govt, at Harvard after 1990 in To- 
kyo studying Japanese. Lee finds news this last 
year both fascinating and worrisome. Last 
summer the families of Jane Ellis Coving- 
ton, Ellen Pringle Read and Louise 
Jenkins Maybank had a reunion at a camp 
in the Adirondacks of NY. All their grown chil- 
dren were there, and thoroughly enjoyed each 
other. 



Last year Sue Speed Ford Halls fam- 
ily (after 28 years in HI) moved from Honolulu 
to Garrett Park, MD. Husband James directs 
public affairs lor OPIC (Overseas Private In- 
vest. Corp). Sue, Ed, 2 dogs and daughter 
Sabrina (9) enjoy seasonal weather. News 
Flash: Anne Garrer. our Fulbright exchange 
student from Holland (1958-59) is found! 
Martha Anne Chandler Romoser of '61 told her 
friend Sam Scott to look up Anne in Holland, 
Sam, an international banker, did more, he 
married her! They were in Europe for years and 
since '73 in the US moving around. They're 
now settled in Dallas. A daughter and son 
share an abode in CO and a son, 15, is at 
home. Anne plays piano, and is on the 
Richardson Symphony board. She looks for- 
ward to renewing SBC ties. Welcome back, Anne! 

Alice Jones Torbett is a corporate of- 
ficer and manager in her family's newspaper 
in Johnson City, TN, so travels often. Husband 
David travels also as an administrative law 
judge. Youngest (Lea) is at Emory in Atlanta; 
David in seminary in Boston, and Bob a news- 
paper reporter in Winchester, VA. Alice and 
David had a "naturalists' dream trip" (with 
wonderful birds) to Belize in Feb. Miss 
Sprague was there with them. Kathy Knox 
Ennis (Mrs. Hugh R.) is a legal secretary with 
the county attorney in Naples, FL until the kids 
are finished school. She looks forward to re- 
turning to volunteer work. 

Carol Ann Kolakowski Jalewaik, 
Jerry and Alexia took their 1st US ski trip to 
Tahoe, CA after 10 years overseas. Jerry is 
regional exploration mgr. for Latin Am. for 
Occidental Petrol in Bakerslield, CA. Alexia 
graduated in physics from U. of Dallas and is 
in grad. civil engineering (structure specialty) 
at USC Carol Ann is membership chairman 
of CAP (Concerned About Petroleum). 
Deborah Lane Lyon moved back to CA in 
'89 alter her husband died and is district rep. 
for Congressman Pete Stark in East Bay Area 
Son David is in college in CA. Lucy Martin 
Gianino was stand-by for Carole Shelley in 
"The Miser" on Broadway and played it sev- 
eral times. Husband Jack as of Jan. still stage 
managing "Black & Blue" (Broadway). Oldest 
daughter, Gemina, 20 at Duke; Antonia, 17 
applying to schools; Gian-Murray, in 7th grade 
at St. Bernards (where there's a young SBC 
teacher) Lucy and Gian-Murray saw Katie 
Mendelson McDonald in H.K. last summer. 
Lucy volunteers in drug abuse & prevention 
and in her children's schools. Janet 
Maynard Henderson has a new house, new 
address, great view in Honolulu, HI & was "ex- 
pecting" Jack Russell puppies! Anne 
Reinecke Clarke stopped over tor 4 days 
returning from the Great Barrier Reel. Katie 
Mendelson McDonald & family skied in 
Gstaad before daughter Evan returned to her 
jr. year at San Luis U. in Madrid. Daughter 
Courtney (SBC '90), back in Hong Kong, works 
for Sothebys, Husband Jack teaches scuba 
diving weekends and family plans to dive off 
Thailand over Chinese New Year "Happy Year 
of the Ram everyone'" 

Melinda ("Mo") Moore Sweet is 
Assoc. General Counsel lor Lever Bros. Co. 
(NYC) specializing in environmental and em- 
ployment law. She's married to physician Barry 



Held and has 2 kids: Elizabeth, 29, assoc. mar- 
keting mgr for Eliz, Arden and Howard, 25, a 
computer whiz Mollie McDonald 
Brasfield had a trip to English gardens. One 
son is in Hollywood lighting films, two other 
children are closer to home. Hugo took lots of 
her trees in Charlotte, NC. Ginger Newman 
Blanchard enjoys team paddle tennis, French 
lessons. Garden Club & church in Madison, 
NJ & looked lon«ard to a "frequent llyer trip" 
to HI. She enjoys her close association with 
SBC through the family farm at Kenmore, is 
excited about a foal expected there. "No grand- 
children yet!". Jean Morris Stevenson and 
husband Don went to Germany 5/90, and re- 
turned to NC mountains lor summer, then NYC 
& ME in early fall, back to NC in Oct. and fin- 
ished with a family reunion at the ranch in San 
Antonio through Christmas "90. Daughter 
Robin, 21 is an English major at U, TX in Aus- 
tin, class of "91. Jean and Don are building a 
new home in Charlotte. 

From Annapolis, MD: Barbara 
Murphey Hale and daughter Lenetta Mc- 
Donald (SBC 85) enjoyed their joint reunions. 
Lenetta is marrying 9/91 . Son Lee was a guest 
8/90 ol the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox 
Church, helping to restore St. Joseph of Val- 
okolamsk Monastery. He entered Berkeley- 
Yale Divinity school last tall. Barbara was 
appointed to a 4 year term on the Anne Arun- 
del County Council Board ol Appeals which 
meets 4-5 times a week. She also has a full 
time YWCA administrator"s job. She and hus- 
band Phil visited Lenetta in Salt Lake City tor 
cross country skiing in Feb. SBC received a 
photo from Chattanooga News-Free Press of 
Norma Jean ("Butch") Patteson Mills 
co-chairing an American Cancer Society 
project. Charity Paul (NYC) finds being a 
psychotherapist fascinating. She hopes lor a 
May holiday in Germany with Kate Groat 
Honchman ("61 ) and her husband who is on 
sabbatical there Elizabeth ("B") Schwab 
Stephen who is directly across the street from 
my sister-in-law in St. Louis, reports a new ad- 
dition to the family, "Kurt", a Greater Swiss 
Mountain "puppy" of 1 1 5 lbs, I hear from sis- 
in-law that "B" is fit as ever, a bridge "ace" and 
hubby Don is part owner of a tennis-racket ball 
club near St. Louis. Linda Sims Grady has 
■"same husband, same job, same children" and 
enjoyed meeting SBC's new president. Dr. 
Barbara Ann Hill, here in Atlanta. Dr. Ann 
Smith Bretscher, Ph.O,s daughter Susan 
added another degree (MA. in teaching) to the 
family and teaches 2nd grade near Atlanta. 
Prentiss, their youngest, completes college 5/ 
91 and daughter Christine is a morning anchor 
(rises at Sam) at a TV. station in Savannah. 
Ann and Bob (a psychotherapist) are renovat- 
ing and enjoy their work at the U. of GA in 
Athens 

Sue Styer Erikson still runs her own 
Beaver Run Farm, teaches riding, boards 
horses & coaches at shows. She's a single 
parent with 2 boys in college, Leil II (21) at 
Alvernia and Tor (19) at U. ol Richmond. She 
and Jane Haldeman Hope met in Louisville, 
KY while Sue was at AHSA Nat'l Pony Finals, 
Sue saw Liz Few Pent ield in New Orleans 
last year and enjoyed reunion. Jane Tatman 
Walker was sorry to miss reunion but was 



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with her father who died during that time. Her 
mom (82) later joined Frank and Jane for a trip 
to Berlin to visit daughter Kitty. They were 
treated to dinner in Paris by the parents ol an 
AFS French exchange student they had hosted 
and saw their French daughter. Flo, and her 
bebe (11/2). Son, Kevin, in the National Guard 
and doing grad. work in social services, plans 
an April wedding. Jane volunteers with the 
Arthritis Foundation and is a mentor to a 6th 
grade girl. 

Gee Gee Tayloe Chandler (fvlrs Wil- 
liam K. in tvlemphis) writes, "Bill and I are still 
married, still drink beer, still see our W&L 
friends". She has 2 children, 27 & 29, "one a 
married, successful businesswoman, the other 
an adventurous, artist, free-spirited son". Ann 
Thomas Lasater and Ed are in Houston, TX. 
First daughter, Lauren Martin is married and 
expects her 1st baby. M\6 daughter, Lera, 
works in Houston and youngest, Carolyn in 
D.C. Son Albert is a freshman at TX A&IVl. Ann 
still works in retail. Becky Towill McNair 
& Bi 1 1 went to Germany fall '90 to visit son Wi 1 1 
(W&L '88). Daughter Harriet (SBC '86) works 
in Charlotte and Virginia is a rising sr. at Col- 
lege of Charleston in SC. Sally Underhill 
Viault had surgery in her mouth and was re- 
lieved after 2 cancer episodes to find this was 
benign. She and Bert repaired and painted their 
house in anticipation of selling it. She loves 
Rock Hill, NC, is president of a book club, 
chairman of the AAUW drama group, secretary 
of a woman's club & a garden club & active 
with an Am. Cancer Society support group. 
Bert completed his 4th study review paperback 
for IVlcGraw-Hill, A History of England. 

Heidi Wood Huddleston was named 
Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 
1 990 and directs a fast growing rehabilitation 
center in Bowling Green, KY. Lawyer-husband, 
Joe was named Outstanding Trial Judge of the 
Year by the KY Academy of Trial Attorneys. Joe 
anticipates a move to the Court of Appeals and 
will face an election to continue the position 
later this year. Daughter Kristina finishes in 
psychology at Emory 6/91 . Daughter Lisa and 
husband Kenny and little Alexandra moved 
"closer to home". Daughter Johanna markets 
homes, husband Gil builds, and they built 
themselves one near Nashville. (Dickie) Wil- 
son had 2 new grandchildren in 1990 (total 
of 3). She has "new" husband as of 9/90. 
"l\/lonk" Larson who has 4 grandchildren of his 
own. She and t\^onk hiked a lot before and af- 
ter, "our delightful outdoor wedding on the 
Heldeberg Escarpment." New dog, Nadia 
joined Oscar. Dickie works "per diem" as an 
R.N. at a hospice. 

The year Dorothy (Dotty) Westby 
turned 40 ('78) she got a master's in print- 
making from Rl School of Design and took a 
flying lesson her husband gave her as a gift. 
She was hooked! With over 5500 hours flying 
experience now, she's applying to major air- 
lines, having flown for Eastern for 1 1/2 years 
until its demise, and in the meantime is chief 
pilot foracharter company. She enjoyssingle life 
in Ft. Lauderdale and is the proud mom of 
Kristen and Rob f\yioeller, graduate of and stu- 
dent of U. of CO, respectively. 

Ann Weingart Teig finds THE NORTH 
(Kolboth. near Oslo, Norway) a challenge but 



there's good cross country skiing. Summer '90 
she crossed the U.S. seeing Peggy Cook 
fVlontgomery in Sante Fe and attending their 
son's graduation from U. of CA S.B., another 
Teig engineer. Two daughters are in data en- 
gineering and architecture in Norway. Three 
grandchildren so far! Ann and husband Erik 
sailed to Denmark, same summer, in their 
ocean racing boat, also went to Barcelona. Ann 
works full-time in immunology research. Bar- 
bara Bowen Moore and husband Clay con- 
tinue a self-indulgent, childless but cat-ridden 
life in Atlanta. Clay phasing out daily respon- 
sibilities in his engineering safes company, 
has enjoyed consulting with small businesses 
in crises. He's painting and Barba will finish a 
year in art history 6/91. 

Let's take a moment to remember two of 
our class who died. Susan Hartwell Cutter 
died in Westmoreland, NH 4/90. She was an 
educator, a published author and committed 
environmentalist She is survived by husband, 
Richard M. Cutter and 2 sons, 2 daughters and 
3 stepsons. Word was also received 12/90 of 
the death of Elizabeth Pearson McGowln. 
Our hearts go to their families and friends. 

Love and peace, Barba. 



1963 



President: Anne Carter Brothers 
Secretary: Katharine Blackford Collins 
Fund Agent: Nancy Dixon Brown 

Our class members take on ever greater 
responsibilities and challenges, often striking 
out in new directions. Meanwhile our children 
are graduating from college, marrying and pro- 
ducing offspring at an increasing rate. 

Ann Knickerbocker McCulloch had 
a double engagement party last Sept. for 
daughter Mary, engaged to Brad White, and 
son Cameron, engaged to Dee Dee Hampton. 
Elizabeth Randolph Lewis was on hand in 
St. Louis 5/90 for the birth of their 1st grand- 
child, a girl. A month later, daughter Leiia was 
married to George R. Walsh, Jr. The finale of 
the home reception was the dunking of the 
entire wedding party, and father of the bride, 
in the lake! Elizabeth joined the board of the 
local community coliege. Randy Kendig 
Young and Ron's daughter Margaret married 
Sarge Reynoids and is "happily settled" in 
Richmond. The wedding brought together 
Joan Johnston Ambrose, Julia Fort 
Lowe and Jessica Bemis Ward. The 
Youngs ran into Mary Lou Morton 
Seilheimer and Charl ie at parent's day at the 
St. George Schoof in Newport, where Anne 
Young graduates this year and Charles, Jr. is 
a freshman. The Seilheimers' daughter Anne 
graduates this year from Madeira. 

Barbara Noojin Walthall and Lee re- 
port from Birmingham, AL the engagement of 
their daughter Elizabeth to a Methodist min- 
ister. Son Kennon graduates this year from 
W&L. McNair Currie Maxwell writes from 
s. CA that she envies her daughter Ashiey "who 
has embarked on her years at Sweet Briar as a 
member of the cfass of 1993." Chenault 



McClure Conway completed the lay minis- 
try program at Mass. General Hospital in Bos- 
ton, and studies clinical pastoral education 
there. Daughter Ceci graduated from Prince- 
ton in 1989 and son Stewart is a soph, at 
Emory U. Lisa Wood Hancock continues to 
manage business affairs for the Lynchburg 
Fine Arts center while husband Pete is direc- 
tor of pediatrics for the Central Virginia Health 
Dept. Lisa's son Reed is a iegislative assistant 
for a Congressman from VA. while daughter 
Elizabeth - Davidson '89 - tries to decide which 
wilderness adventure to do next. Lynn Carol 
Blau, in Hartford, is fund raising for the CT 
Opera and working on her golf game. Daugh- 
ter Alex is a jr. at Brandeis, while Betsy gradu- 
ated from Georgetown and works in Boston. 

Nerissa vom Bauer Roehrs is still in 
Tokyo and extends an invitation. Cail her at 
(03)721-7751 . She says, "Tokyo continues to 
cast a spell, and I feel I'm in the right place at 
the right time." Nerissa helped dismantle the 
Berlin wall on a visit to Germany last summer, 
and took a chunk back to Tokyo. Another ven- 
turer beyond the (former) iron curtain was 
Chris Devol Wardlow, who had a fascinat- 
ing trip to Warsaw a year ago. Chris' son 
graduated from the U. of AZ and will write 
songs in Los Angeles, while daughter is "hap- 
pily married and pursuing her MBA." Allie 
Stemmons Simons went to Berlin twice this 
year to visit husband Heintz' mother, "once in 
Jan. (1990) and once in Aug. shortly before 
German unification. ..It's both exciting and 
scary - lots to look forward to but so many 
problems to solve..." Allie attended the wed- 
ding of Carter Parham, son of Lee Kucewicz 
Parham, the occasion also of a "mini-re- 
union" of Allie, Lee, Stevie Fontaine 
Keown and Kathy Caldwell Patten But 
the largest mini-reunion reward goes to Gin- 
ger Gates Mitchell and husband Ed who 
assembled their wedding party and others for 
their 25th anniversary. Together again were 
Ginger, Mary Groetzinger Heard, Laura 
Lee Brown Deters, Sue Jones Cansler, 
Lyn Clark Pegg, Betty Stanly Gates, 
Dlive Wilson Robinson and Nancy Dixon 
Brown. 

I can't mention Nancy, our class fund 
agent, without a pitch for donations. We did 
so well during our reunion fund drive, and I 
know we can keep up the momentum. Nancy 
still teaches mentally handicapped students in 
Atlanta, but shifted from the h.s. to the elem. 
school level. Valerie Elbrick Hanlon is 
"empty-nested and finding it exciting." Her 
oldest son Burke hangs out at Lowestoft, on 
the North Sea, learning to build super-yachts. 
Younger son Nicholas is in boarding school. 
Valerie runs "Bach to Schoof," a music pro- 
gram for elem. schools in the Washington. DC 
area. She also represents an English sculptor 
in the U.S.. sells real estate and recently ac- 
quired property in Portugal. 

Judy Gutchens Needham is the very 
busy owner of a neighborhood restaurant open 
7 days a week." yet finds time to head up her 
h.s. sr. son Jeff's sports booster club. Jeff will 
join brother Mike at U. of TX. Daughter and '89 
SBC grad. Jill works in Ft. Worth. Prue Gay 
Stuhr teaches 6th grade social studies and 
worked on a curriculum for "unlearning ste- 



reotypes Marian Powell Osborne says: 
"In the past 2 years I have gotten a divorce and 
a CPA certificate and watched my 2 children 
go off to college (Tom to the deaf college at 
Til and Katherine to Dartmouth). I enjoy the 
new challenges and opportunities." 

Karen Gill Meyer, formerly a real es- 
tate agent, joined Smith Barney as a broker/ 
financial adviser in partnership with husband 
Jim, Daughter Kristin is a freshman at 
Simpson College in Des Moines. Lyn Clark 
Pegg can "just manage" to keep up with her 
job directing Lutheran Social Services of MN 
and foves keeping up with 2 adult children. 
Lyn's husband is starling a new career in thera- 
peutic services. Reporting a "new outlook on 
life" is Sallie Yon Williams, who credits the 
change to a "wonderfuf man." Saflie's Com- 
plete Book of Sauces 6\6 well and led to "lots 
of radio and TV." Oider son Whit graduates this 
year from U.Va. and younger son Courtney is 
at Norfoik Academy. Carol Crowley Karm 
is now national marketing director for a large 
buying office at the California Apparel Mart. 
She travels a lot on the job and to visit daugh- 
ter Kendaff. with CBS in New York, and sons 
Whitney and Seth. Whitney graduates this year 
from Vanderbift U. and Seth is a soph, at Bos- 
ton College. 

It was a surprise and delight to hear from 
Rusty McHugh Lilly after many years. Rusty 
is a landscape architect in Charlottesville, 
combining her knowledge of art and biology 
to beautify farms, homes and businesses. 
Though much news is about education of our 
children, we ourselves still pursue knowledge 
and higher degrees. Sarah Hitch Hill con- 
tinues research and writing on Cherokee 
women in order to receive a Ph.D. in anthro- 
pology in May, at Emory U., along with son 
Harvey who receives an M.A. in theological 
studies. Younger son Roby completed his B.A. 
at Reed College and works for a local news- 
paper, while husband Harvey celebrated his 
27th year at the faw firm Alston & Bird. Sarah 
trained for a haft-marathon. If you can't run, 
walk Virginia Louise Ready McKeel did 
just that, visiting Sweet Briar as a member of 
the Gfobal Walk for a livable world, walking 
from LA to NYC. At SBC she enquired about 
SBC efforts on environmental issues. 

Betsy Parker McColl plays in about 13 
amateur tennis tournaments a year, between 
March and Oct. She is currently ranked #1 in 
the South in 45-and-over singles and doubles, 
and #1 in SC in 45 singles and doubles. Do 
you think Betsy told me all this? Not a chance. 
I read it in the alumnae news of St. Margaret's, 
where Betsy was a star before her Sweet Briar 
stardom. Fellow Atlantans Judy Johnson 
Varn and husband Bob went to Tokyo last faff 
for announcement of the selection of Atlanta 
tor the 1996 Summer Ofympics. But nobody 
travefs fike Betty Stanly Gates and Aivin. 
They cruised New Engiand and Canada, and 
the Mississippi River. Between trips they five 
at Vera Beach where time "is divided between 
the travel agency and the American Cancer 
Society." Betty anchored in New York long 
enough to see Julie Arnold Morey and 
Russ. Julie is still reservations manager for 
TAP - the Portuguese national airline. Julie and 
Penny Pamplin Reeves live only 20 mins. 



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23 



apart, since Penny became director of devel- 
opment lor ttie Masters Sctiool In Dobbs Ferry, 
NY Ann Funkhouser Strite-Kurz embroi 
dery teaching involves much travel but her 
sons get to the exotic locations. Jett graduated 
from Bucknell last year, spent the summer In 
Europe, then on to Pakistan and Turkey wihere 
he linked up with brother Toby, 

If you're having trouble establishing pri- 
orities get a copy ot Gail Blanke's book Tak- 
ing Control of your Lite: The Secrets of 
Successful Enterprising Women In an Inter- 
view with her hometown newspaper, the Cleve- 
land Plain Dealer. Gall suggests taking a "look 
at every day" and asking ourselves what we 
"need to accomplish to live the kind of life" 
we've decided Is important, Gail has worked 
at Avon Products, Inc. in NY for the past 18 
years, and is now vice-president tor public 
affairs. 

By the time this appears John and I will 
be completing our January through May sab- 
baticals In Washington, [DC. John continues 
his research and writing on the Implementa- 
tion ol federal mining reclamation laws in the 
West. I have been writing about a tribal-state 
conflict over control of water in WY's Big Wind 
River, and now I am "awash " in federal docu- 
ments on the subject of Indian water rights. 
Doug Is an upper-mid at Hotchkiss and Dave 
a freshman at Bates College, so it's a joy to be 
closer to them and again devote our weekends 
to swim meets 

Anne Carter Brothers best frames the 
questions about how our lives continue to 
change, and she suggests one very specific 
action: "Have you moved from planning birth- 
day parties to planning weddings? ...from "the 
hots" to hot flashes? ...Have you moved most 
of the kids out of the house? But most impor- 
tant, have you moved other events aside on 
your calendar to reserve May 1 993 for our 30th 
reunion?" 

Let's take her advice. 



1964 



President: Susan Dweiie Baxter 
Class Secretary: Grace Mary Garry Dates 
Fund Agent: Adrienne Asli 

Fran Cuibertson Knigtit, despite hav- 
ing a son at the U. ol Richmond, feels like a 
dewfy-eyed freshman again, having finished 
her MSW at Va. Commonwealth U 12/89, and 
moved to Naples, FL 6/90. IWartie Benn 
Martin's daughter Jennifer is a freshman at 
SBC; Martie has loved her trips to SB and the 
nostalgia they've evoked. At home In Vienna, 
VA son Doug is a h.s. sophomore and trum- 
pet player. In Manhattan Hedi Haug White 
took up running. Though she runs In the oc- 
casional 1 K. race she can't keep up with Tom, 
"a regular triathlete." Hedi has time lor all this 
exercise since her son went off for 1 1th grade 
at Trinity Pawling and her tenure as chair ol 
the Community Planning Board of her upper 
East Side district ended 

Vera Le Craw Carvaiilo enjoys the new 
house she and Philippe recently had built In 



St. Arnoult en Yuellnes, France Daughter 
Patricia, 21, finishes studies in commercial 
real estate this year, and Jean-Philippe, 13 is 
as tall as his father. Vera still works part-time 
with Philippe and loves her work with the En- 
glish-speaking church in Versailles, where she 
has been a warden for 2 years. Sarah 
Strother King and Robin moved to Luxem- 
bourg "to an old farmhouse with walls a foot 
thick," where they enjoy wood fires and good 
Luxembourg wine while waiting for workmen 
to finish. Sarah's daughter Elise is at law 
school In Amsterdam and son RItsaert stud- 
ies lor the international baccalaureate at board- 
ing school, 

Nancy Banfield Mcllheney, in Hous- 
ton writes "On 12/31/90 I'm changing my 
name and becoming a mother' at the same 
time. My new married name will be Feher." 
Barbara Little Chuko sent lots of news - 
"breaking many years of silence." Barbara re- 
ceived her MBA from OH State in 6/90 and is 
registered representative with First Investors 
Corp. She also teaches elementary school 
French. Eldest son Wayne is in engineering at 
OH Slate, daughter Katherine is a top student 
at Penn, and son Edward a freshman at Ohio 
Wesleyan. Husband William, a retired prof, of 
political science, is building a new house for 
the family and another lor sale and manages 
rental property. Over Christmas, the Chukos 
entertained fellow Columbus residents Susan 
Jahn Mancini, Penny Utiey Shyjka and 
their husbands at a homemade Chinese din- 
ner. Susan chairs the foreign language dept. 
at her school and is treasurer of the Ohio For- 
eign Language Assn. Last June she took a 
group of students and parents for 10 days to 
Italy, then stayed on with daughter MaraBell, 
a sr. at Columbus School for Girls. Susie had 
a month In Siena taking a course for teachers 
of Italian. She saw the famous horserace, the 
Palio and came home in time to send oft hus- 
band Albert, a prof, of Italian at OH State, lor a 
month of teaching and research at the U. of 
Genoa. Son Nicholas is a philosophy major at 
the U of Chicago and a rock musician. In Oct. 
the Mancinis spoke at SBC, Albert on 
Michelangelo's poetry and Susie on teaching 
Italian, Susie was filled with enthusiasm about 
SBC. 

Last summer Mollie Johnson Nelson 
was enrolled in the great Marcella Hazan's 
cooking school in Venice, and at Alumnae 
Council she regaled us with her adventures 
and her mouthwatering recipes. After the 
course, Mollie was joined by Doug and the 
children (Alan, now a Princeton freshman, and 
Cynthia, a 5th grader) for 10 days in Italy, In 
NYC in Dec, Mollie saw Faith Low Hu- 
mann, Barbie Rockefeller Bartlett 63 
and Ha Lane Gross, '62. Mollie, who loves 
being on the Alumnae Board, says SB is get- 
ling stronger all the time. Nancy Hall Green 
visited Margaret Thouron Harrell and 
Frances Hanahan. who still sells residen- 
tial real estate in Manhattan. She also sees 
Tina Patterson Murray who chairs the 
Parents' Committee at Dickinson Col. on 
which Nancy and Holcombe serve. The Greens 
have a home in Sea Island, GA, where Nancy 
has taken up golf Nancy's fellow Atlantan 
Harriet Houston Shaffer is overjoyed, al- 



ter 3 years hard work for herself and husband 
Charlie, a member of the Atlanta Olympic 
Committee, that Atlanta was chosen lor the '92 
Olympics The Shaffers went to Tokyo in Sept 

Christie Calder Salomon saw Fran 
Hanahan and Stephanie Stokes at a Mu 
seum of Modern Art function in NY and spent 
an evening with Susan Dwelle Baxter and 
Bill, who were returning home from a trustees 
meeting at Berkeley/Yale Divinity School in 
New Haven, Christie looked forward to gradu- 
ating 6/91 Another recent graduate is 
Caroline Tate Noojin, who received her 
B.S. in nursing in June from the U, of AL, 
Huntsville; it took 4 years and Caroline loved 
it. Son Frank III is in first year at the Med. 
School of the U. of AL, Birmingham, and Tate 
is a soph, in the Commerce School ot the U 
of AL, Tuscaloosa. Caroline says Kathy 
Arnold Reed still looks fabulous and Jose- 
phine England Redd is "unchanged and 
sti 1 1 wonderful ." Carol ine recommends Susan 
Dwelle Baxter's church's cookbook. Two 
and Company, which is marvelous 

In Greeley, CO, Mary Green Borg is still 
happily married to Andy and they have 2 boys 
in college, one in h.s., one in jr. high, and one 
in 4th grade Last fall Mary taught American 
History, 1865-1990, at the local unlv. to 
classes of 92 and 76 students; she wrote 45 
lectures, stayed one class ahead, and, though 
"no Miss Muncy," thoroughly enjoyed it. As 
the author ot 3 versions of Writing Your Lite - 
one for sr. citizens, another for jr and sr, h.s. 
students, and a teacher's edition - Mary 
learned about publishing and the lecture cir- 
cuit Tuck Mattern Harvey teaches math at 
Midwestern State U. in Wichita Falls, TX, while 
working on her PhD, at North TX State U She 
has to complete residency requirements. Dur- 
ing spring vacation '90 Tuck and Ralph visited 
daughter Kristin, spending her \i year away 
Irom Holllns at the U. ol London, It was a mild, 
not very British, springtime. Their son Chan- 
dler is at W&L 

Carrie Peyton Walker is a prof of En- 
glish at San Jose State, where she teaches 20th 
century fiction and the tutor training course 
and is director ol the Writing Center. Carrie 
has 2 articles coming out soon. She has pub- 
lished handbooks on the teaching ol writing 
and lectured widely on the subject. Inveterate 
travelers Carrie and Rick left on Christmas Day 
for India and Nepal. Had an overnight camel 
ride in the desert and 2 weeks in Kathmandu. 
Dottie Norris Schipper and Caroline 
Keller Theus vacationed together closer to 
home in Jackson Hole. They fly tished, hiked 
in the mountains and rode horses. Caroline 
loves such outdoor vacations. She's a trustee 
ol the LA Nature Conservancy, a position 
Dottie holds in SC. She tracked the elusive LA 
black bear through the woods hoping to find 
and protect it. With a son (10) still at home, 
Caroline attends many soccer, basketball, and 
baseball games: she's also president ol the 
Rapides Symphony, Dottle's photography 
business nourishes; she was thrilled to be in 
the press corps when Prince Charles visited 
Charleston. At the St. Catherine's reunion, 
Dottie saw Sally Gump Berryman tan. 
svelte, and quite a golfer. Their husbands got 
along famously. 



Last year Margaret Thouron Harrell 

and family moved to Greenville, DE, outside 
Wilmington, after 26 years in NYC Margaret 
is becoming accustomed to the honks of geese 
rather than cars and is learning to drive. Her 
son is a Ireshman at Davidson, her daughter 
in 9th grade. Having dealt with house con- 
struction, Margaret volunteers and works with 
computers preparing for a full-time |0b. Still 
in the Big Apple is Anne Day Herrmann. 
Jed, 13, and Tim, 10, were in camp last sum- 
mer while Anne and Johnny vacationed in CA. 
Johnny heads a merger and acquisition dept. 
for the Industrial Bank of Japan. Anne hopes 
to accompany him to Japan this summer. She 
teaches 6th and 7th grade math at the Day 
School, 

In Chevy Chase, MD, Dona Van 
Arsdale Jones, after loo much volunteering, 
limits herself to the Kenwood Garden Club, in 
which she is an officer, and to her tennis team 
at the Chevy Chase Club, which she captains 
and which was promoted to a higher division 
after straight wins. Dona has many activities 
with Emily, a 7th grader at Natl Cathedral 
School, and Timothy, a 3rd grader at Beauvoir. 
Jeannie Walker Campbells girls are 10 
and 13 Husband John commutes from Short 
Hills, NJ to Goldman Sachs In NYC; Jeannie 
paints,. plays tennis, and gardens One of her 
paintings was exhibited at the Albrlght-Knox 
art gallery in Buffalo. Jeannie sees fellow Short 
Hills resident Lynne Smith Crow, who 
"looks wonderful " An insurance executive, 
Lynne was secretary of the Board of Trustees 
ol the United Way of Millbum-Short Hills; she 
is also listed in Who's Who ot American 
Women. Son David, is a jr, at Denison U . son 
Sandy a freshman at Marietta Col., daughter 
Margaret, a jr. at Millburn h.s. Last fall Lynne 
saw Susie Glasgow Brown at parent's 
weekend at Denison and ate with Dootsie 
Ouer Colon, in NYC on business. Dootsie's 
daughter (20) spent the year in Florence and 
the younger one finishes h.s. in June, Dootsie, 
in Gladv»yne, PA, still sells construction ser- 
vices. She and her husband bought a farm on 
MD's Eastern Shore 

Genie Johnson Sigler and Nina 
Sledge Burke wrote with delight of their 
chance meeting in Atlanta. Back in Little Rock 
Genie still runs the linancial office at Trinity 
Cathedral and Bill continues in the insurance 
business. In May daughter Beth graduated 
from Rhodes Col. in Memphis, where she now 
works with an international accounting firm. 
From Atlanta Nina reports she and Frank are 
building a new house In Harrisonburg, VA 
V.M. Del Greco Galgano teaches math 
both at the local h.s. and at James Madison 
U., where husband Michael chairs the history 
department. Rob, 20, is in his 3rd year at U.Va.; 
David. 1 7, starts college in the tall, and Laura, 
14, Is in h s Tina Piatt Kemper is m 
Roanoke. Husband Talfourd practices law and 
runs the Kempers' cattle farm in Bath County, 
Son Fourd graduated from Duke 5/90, and is 
in linancial planning with IDS.; Christine will 
be a sr. at Duke; and Michael was to graduate 
from North Cross School. Tina volunteers and 
enjoys gardening, flower arranging, and bird 
watching. Nancy Gillies still works with 
handicapped children, does some private 



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nursing, enjoys church work and volunteering, 
and lil<es life in Charlottesville. Nancy gets to 
SBC fairly often; I was disappointed last spring 
to miss her by a day. 

In Nashville Susie Glasgow Brown is 
singing the recession blues as a realtor. One 
child worl(s in NYC, the next finishes Denison 
in tvlay, and her baby will soon be a h.s. sr. 
Penny Writer Tlieis wrote in a whirl of 
Christmas, birthday and graduation parlies. 
Son Jeff graduated from college in Dec. and 
daughter Ginger turned 17. From Bethlehem, 
PA, Pemmie Mercur Cleveland sent a pic- 
ture of her girls - Kaycee, 14, an honor roll 
student and hockey player at Moravian Acad- 
emy, and Carrie, a 4th grader. Pemmie is ab- 
sorbed by her Doncaster home clothing 
business. John runs their travel agency, pre- 
sides over the Ballet Guild, and is treasurer of 
the Moravian Academy Parents' Assn. The 
Clevelands want to sell their 19-room fully 
furnished Italian villa near Siena. 

M.C. Elmore Harrell will have 2 in col- 
lege this fall: David, 20, a sr. at Va. Tech and 
Susan, 18, a freshman somewhere. M.C. is 
opening her own accounting office in Annapo- 
lis. M.C. still keeps numerous animals - and 
last year forayed into politics as campaign trea- 
surer in a state legislative race. A continent 
away, on another Bay, Kathy Hsu Jeong 
enjoys a new job with a local biotech company, 
CETUS. Husband Gary continues his dental 
practice in San Leondro; son Matt, a freshman 
at Stanford, hopes to combine medicine and 
computer science; Genevieve, 16, has a flair 
for languages, particularly French and Rus- 
sian. On a business trip. Adrienne Ash vis- 
ited Cita Cook, who lives in San Francisco 
and does research on the concept of chivalry 
in the South toward a Ph.D. at Berkeley. Adri- 
enne still manages publishing for the Nat'l 
Assn. of Homebuilders in Washington; daugh- 
ter Summer, 14, is an A student and trainer for 
varsity sports teams at McLean h.s. Adrienne 
also talked to Rosamond Sample Brown, 
who moved to D.C. to work for an AK con- 
gressman. 

In Knoxville Angle Whaley Le Clercq 
is a law clerk, part-time, in the surface coal 
mining area for the Hon. David Torbett; her 
full-time job Is special assistant to the Dean 
of Libraries at the U. of TN. Fred still teaches 
law at U.T.; son Ted is a law clerk for federal 
district court judge Falcon Hawkins in Charles- 
ton, SC; and son Ben is a 2nd-year law stu- 
dent at U.T. Son Kershaw, 14, says all the 
family ever talks about is law. Nancy Lynah 
Hood enjoys her job as Head of Resources in 
the Oxfordshire Museums; she manages big 
projects, the most exciting being a new 1.9 
million building which will have storage, con- 
servation, and workshop space and give rea- 
sonable public access for the first time. Nancy 
takes Italian classes and does weight training 
and aerobics. Last summer in Woodstock, I 
recognized Nancy's museum from last year's 
notes and stuck my head in. Nancy looked terrific. 

The Reverend Sheila Carroll 
Cooprlder, deacon assistant at St. George's 
Episcopal Church, Belleville, IL, sent pictures 
of her 2 daughters - Kathryn who graduates 
from DePauw U. this spring, and LeaAnn, a 
soph, at Ohio Wesleyan. The Coopriders at- 



tended two 50th wedding anniversaries last 
year. Chuck's parents' in Sanibel and Sheila's 
in NC. Sheila is about halfway through her 
masters in divinity. 

Gleaned from newspaper articles: 
Frances Johnson Lee, not heard from for 
some time, owns Auburn Farm near Charlot- 
tesvi I le, where she breeds and trains thorough- 
breds Elizabeth Matheson. in Hills- 
borough, NC, continues to receive accolades 
for her black-and-white photographs of land- 
scapes and interiors. Elizabeth has had solo 
and group exhibitions both in NC and in 
Washington, and has published her photos. 
Last spring she had a solo retrospective, go- 
ing back to the first black-and-white roll she 
ever shoL at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh. 

Amidst all this happy news I have some 
terribly sad news as well. In Jan. 1990, Judy 
Dunn Spangenberg lost both her mother 
and her sister when their plane crashed into a 
Costa Rican mountainside. Susan Dunn 
Hanson was an emergency relief director for 
AmeriCares Inc., an international humanitar- 
ian relief agency; Phoebe Pierson Dunn '36 
was a noted photographer who had "helped 
popularize color photography of children." At 
the last minute Judy had "backed out of going 
with them due to a major fear of flying, espe- 
cially in small planes." Judy's mother had, like 
Judy herself, majored in psychology under 
Miss Moller. Over the past 22 years mother 
and daughter collaborated on a best-selling 
series of children's books. The Little Animals, 
Judy writing the stories, her mother furnish- 
ing the photographs. I know that we all join in 
expressing our sorrow at Judy's loss. Judy 
tempered her message with good news. In 
June, 1990, son Tyler graduated with honors 
from Hobart Col. and will go to grad school in 
political science in the fall of '91. 

In Nov. Cathy supplied us with a grand- 
daughter, Sarah, who joins Nicholas, 3. We 
love our frequent visits with Nora, who is in 
her first year at the U. of MD Med. School in 
Baltimore. Chris is doing Ph.D. research in 
physics (lasar spectroscopy) at the U. of CO. I 
accompanied Wally to Brussels 8/90 for a 
public finance conference, where he was the 
keynote speaker. As a prelude, we spent 2 
weeks in England. Last Sept. we were among 
the hundreds gathered in the ballroom of the 
Willard Hotel to welcome new President Bar- 
bara Ann Hill to Washington and to SB. There 
we saw Martle Benn Martin and Geoff, 
Marsh Metcalf Seymour and Jack, and Lib 
Kopper Schollaert. In Oct. we were at SBC 
for Alumnae Council and Barbara Hill's inau- 
guration as SB's 8th president. The festivities 
were grand, the mood jubilant, and the brilliant 
fall weather seemed to cast a blessing on us 
all. I'm sure that fellow participants Mollle 
Johnson Nelson and Ginny deBuys will 
agree that SB hasn't had so much to cheer 
about in many a day. 



1967 



Secretary: Marlon MacRae 
Fund Agent: Susan Tucker 

So many people were interested in a Char- 
lottesville gathering. But with UVA in the #1 
spot, it was impossible to get football tickets 
except for the season. Meanwhile, Lynn 
Gullett Strazzlnl moved to Charlottesville so 
gathering the last week of April (headquartered 
at her house) is not beyond the realm... Lynn's 
husband, Ed, retired from the Army and is a 
pilot for the UVA Emergency Service. 

Eleanor KIdd Crossley started as exec 
sec. to the director of accreditation for the 
Assoc, of Theological Schools in Pittsburgh. 
Gretchen Bullard Barber started as sales 
associate with a Mad River Green real estate 
firm. All referrals to (802)496-4400. Margy 
Dortch Brooks is also trying "to get active" 
in this awful market. No doubt Pam Rutledge 
Ausley, Birmingham's #1, has ideas on how 
to sell in a thin buyer's market. Lynn Frazler 
Gas and Francois are among the few buyers 
as they search for a house in Alexandria. Ne- 
gotiations halt while they spend Christmas in 
Paris with Francois' family. Carole Munn is 
with Coldwell Banker in Miami, and would love 
any referrals. She completed 20 years with Pan 
Am last Apr! I. 

New careers are in the making for Judith 
Powell Martin who is candidate for an 
M.S.W. at Catholic Univ. in Washington, DC 
and for Beth Glaser Morchower who is 
studying for an MBA at U. of Richmond and 
loves it She and Virginia Stanley Douglas 
are on the Parents' Committee at UVA. Ginny 
returned to Sacramento from the fall meeting 
to work on Pete Wilson's gubernatorial cam- 
paign, and expects an appointment in his ad- 
ministration Anne Stuart Brown Swann is 
a novice art student, using mostly watercolors. 
Son James, 16, spent 6 weeks with a French 
family in Tours last summer; the rest of the 
Swann's, a week in England. Gracey 
Stoddard Sloterbeck is liaison to the board 
of trustees for the NYC Volunteer Program, 
which has recruited, trained and placed more 
than 5,000 volunteers in 491 city schools. 
Baird Shinberger Bell added recycling to 
the science curriculum at St Agnes School in 
Alexandria. Baird is also director of schedul- 
ing for the newly combined St Agnes and St. 
Stephen's Schools. 

From Louisville, KY, Jill Haden Behike 
sent her address to the alumnae office, de- 
scribing herself as "a prodigal daughter" who 
has been living abroad for over 20 years. Wel- 
come back, Jilll Diane Mann Lankford's 
son Frank pitches on the UVA baseball team. 
Diane took a break from her renovating busi- 
ness to become involved in Literacy Action and 
to build a new family home. Peggy PIttman 
Patterson, having remarried 1/90, was or- 
dained an Episcopal priest last May and is now 
assistant to the dean of St. Matthew's Cathe- 
dral of Dallas. Her daughter, Elizabeth, is a 
freshman at Princeton. Also at P.U., from Jack- 
sonville, FL is Dottle Dana King's son, 
Davis, who scored a perfect 1 600 on the SAT! 



Two authors among us. First is Elder Witt 
Wellborn, editor of the Bureau of National 
Affairs' recently published book on the Su- 
preme Court, about which she gave a 30 
minute talk on C-SPAN T.V. last March. Beth 
Gawthrop Riley is in the throes of creating 
a book of 350 recipes for sweet and savory 
fruit, to be published by MacMillan in 1992 - 
hopefully in time for Reunion! 

Apologies to Carroll Randolph Barr for 
assigning her a son at UVA - he's only in the 
9th grade! Carroll's new job (same school) is 
as lower school coordinator, which she enjoys 
immensely. Toots Dalton. after many years 
as the costume shop manager for the Milwau- 
kee Repertory Theatre, became its general 
manager. Hally Darby Smith teaches wood- 
working to young children. Hally is also a stu- 
dent of French and African art and her 
daughter, Allison, a first year student at 
Middlebury College. Melissa Sanders Tho- 
mas teaches ballroom dancing and English as 
a Second Language (English ASL) to Japa- 
nese. She also substitute teaches. Also sub- 
stitute teaching is Linda Fite along with her 
freelance editing and writing. Overcome by the 
college search this fall with son, Alex, she now 
praises her good luck or "abysmal ignorance" 
infallingintoSBC. Hear, hear! 

Having spent early 1 990 on anthropologi- 
cal research and travel in S. America, Vicky 
Baker spent last summer in Australia on a 
project on 'Abohginal Education', during which 
she sponsored a Ford Foundation scholar from 
Eckerd College in FL where she now works. In 
Jan. she'll be off to Zimbabwe, Zambia and 
Botswana for further research. What a great life! 
Two wrote: "Still plugging away..." about their 
successful professional efforts - Janie 
Willingham McNabb at Churchill's Restau- 
rant in Nashville and Colleen Coffee Hall 
at her decorating business which takes her 
away from home in Princeton, NJ. Her much 
admired work on a Caribbean Inn landed her 
a job in CA. A recent client turned out to be 
SBC class of '59. Colleen's daughter is a fresh- 
man at W&L. Janie's youngest daughter, Anna, 
aims for Vanderbilt but is also interested in 
SBC. Susan Tucker's Atlanta p.r. firm con- 
tinues to prosper. She was elected to the Na- 
tional Board of Directors of the 
French-American Chamber of Commerce and 
has 3 new French clients. Maria Wigles- 
worth Hemmings enjoys her 2nd year full 
time as a systems analyst. Jill Berguldo Gill 
continues her freelance tutoring and husband, 
Bruce, his restoration and historic preserva- 
tion. 

Betsy Kurtz Argo's daughter Kristen, 
graduated from UC Irvine in June leaving 2 to 
go (she doesn't say where). Betsy came east 
from OH to foxhunt in Oct. Judy Schlatter 
Fogle bid her son goodby again in Sept as 
he headed west for his freshman year at 
Stanford, following a year studying in Germany 
on a Congressional/Bundestag scholarship. 
The Fogies build residences in east Atlanta. 
Stephanie Ewalt Ayers eldest son also en- 
tered college, leaving her with 2 at home. 
Stephanie continues as a nursery school 
teacher Gail Robins Constantlne s eldest, 
Madeline, is a freshman at Duke (where I was 
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High in Baton Rouge where Ann Mercer 
Kornegay '66 is principal. Gail consults 
parttime on a mortgage banking software pack- 
age and raises standard poodles. Also a col- 
lege freshman is Page Munroe Renger's 
son, John III, at UNC - Chapel Hill, causing 
her to attend more lootball games than she 
would voluntarily watch in a lifetime. Page's 
view is that: "A mother is as happy as her sad- 
dest child " What a mother' Fortunately, Mary 
Lindsay Smith Newsome (we call her 
"Lindsay" now), enjoying the free time result- 
ing from her retirement as president of the NC 
Art Society, provides post game revitalizafion 
to Page, John and Pat, 16 

Kate Barrett Rennie is still with the Al- 
Anon Family Group in Manhattan and has a 
daughter off to college next tall to study broad- 
cast journalism, Scotch Pines, NJ sounds too 
nice to be anything but a long commute from 
IVIanhattan, Sally Twedell Bagley contin- 
ues her piano teaching with 27 students per 
week. She remodeled her kitchen and de- 
scribes it as "her, — black and white and to- 
tally musical," To Faulkner, a jr, at Vanderbilt, 
it's "nauseous but tasteful," 

TONI NAREN GATES!! How could you 
have waited so long to tell me you have a sum- 
mer camp on Lake George neighboring 
Raquette Lake where my mother spent her first 
22 and last 25 summers, I usually go the third 
week in Aug, after Telluride with "Frizz," See 
you next Aug Otherwise, Toni writes, her 
Children's Theater troupe Increased from 4 to 
7 and is going gangbusters. The best, she 
says, is the incredible closeness and 
comradery among the members. Glory Sims 
McRae Bowen's daughter, at l\yiadeira 
School in Washington, DC, maintains her keen 
interest in the performing arts which IVIadeira 
provides tor most adequately. 

Avid gardeners include Gene King 
Leydon who planted a huge flower and veg- 
etable garden which took 4 truckloads of 
mulch. Barbie Tillman Kelly, who is in her 
13th year driving the Art IVIobile to 
Birmingham's youth, and me who while wait- 
ing tor a 'real' job hauled and spread 6 truck- 
loads of leaf mulch on 4 residential sites 
incident to having hired myself out as a land- 
scape design and maintenance expert. If I 
could get good steady labor, I would seriously 
consider a formal operation. To heck with 
spending all day in an oftice, especially when 
the 60 degree weather holds until Christmas, 

IVIy thanks to you all for making your cards 
so personal. It's time to think of the Reunion 
Scrap Book and start arranging for duplicates 
of the pictures you want to send me. 



1968 



President: Percy Clarke Gwinn 
Secretary: Lynne Gardner Detmer 
Go-Fund Agents: Suzanne Edinger 
Boas, Carol Vontz Miller 

Lorna Allen Sorley is Chief Financial 
Officer for Northern Trust Bank of TX, Husband 
H/like is in commercial real estate; his daugh- 



ter, Summer, is a h,s, soph. Ann Banks 
Herrod copes with teenagers: Coleman (17), 
a h s sr,, just accepted into Princeton; Ashley 
(1 5), a soph., and Kathleen (1 1 ), a 6th grader 
devoted to soccer. Hank Herrod is prof, of pe- 
diatrics at the U, of TN, and vice president of 
leBonheur Children's fyledical Center, Bar- 
bara Baur Dunlap's Robin graduates from 
SfvlU this year, and Holly finishes freshman 
year at Rhode Island School of Design after 
working lor Carolyne Roehm last summer. 
Barb and Charlie took a year oft to travel and 
teach their 7th, 5th, and 3rd graders. Andy 
Beerman Sonf ield and her husband own a 
furniture franchise in Hilton Head. Their son, 
Justin (1 8) is going to GA Tech to study aero- 
nautical engineering. John (17) is a quarter- 
back and wants to be a doctor. Daughter, Jenny 
(10), loves ballet. All 3 are on the Honor Roll. 

Alter quitting her job at Preservation 
Foundation of Palm Beach 9/90, Ann Biggs 
Lewis enjoys "her freedom." Both girls are in 
boarding school: Gary at Oldfields, Win at 
Madeira. She visited Mary Matheson in NY 
and dined at Terry Dinan's, Terry and Anne 
Kinsey Dinan s restaurant Lesley Bissell 
Hoopes, another New Yorker, hopes to have 
many visitors on their new 54' sailboat, the 
"Hot Water". Besides "sea-going expeditions" 
last year, Lesley went with her mother to Egypt. 
The whole Hoopes family is going on a cruise 
through the Panama Canal 3/91. Daughter, 
Elliott, is a 6th grader, and Bud a jr. at Trinity- 
Pawling. Susan Bokan rehabilitates Victorian 
buildings in the Albany. NY, area for rental 
units. She's been "gallivanting" around Asia 
and S. America. She has discovered racketball, 
volleyball, and Hooverball. Jane Brady 
Arnold, husband Arnold, Thomas (15), and 
Margaret (9) enjoy outdoor vacations in Brit- 
ish Columbia. Cecilia Bryant is 1991 Chair- 
man of the State of FL Red Cross Chapter 
Association. She was also appointed to the 
Duval County Housing Finance Authority. She, 
her husband. Dr. Richard Lipsey, and her par- 
ents went to S.E. Asia to visit the Borner School 
where Dr. Lipsey volunteered in the Peace 
Corps 

Katey Buster spends winters and sum- 
mers in Aspen, CO, where her "new passion 
is climbing 'fourteeners' (14,000' peaks)." 
Spring and fall she's in Lexington, KY, doing 
outdoor portrait photography She offers to be 
a guide to classmates coming to Aspen. Eliza- 
beth Cadwalader moved 3 blocks into a 
larger house in the "same great neighbor- 
hood." Son Owen is 3. Laura Campbell 
Walker's son, Christopher, is a freshman at 
W&L. It's "like going home" when they visit 
him. Son Campbell is in 9th grade, and daugh- 
ter Lynley in 7th. The Episcopal School, where 
she is principal, is beginning a huge building 
project. Percy Clark Gwinn's gift shop. "The 
Beehive" , in Old Town, Alexandria, had a very 
successful season thanks to their personalized 
gifts. Husband Michael is still an investment 
adviser. William (1 5) is an honor student, avid 
skier and golfer. The Gwinns "renovated" their 
old house, doing all the painting themselves. 
Cherry Dean Gallagher and husband Dan 
are still in Jacksonville Christy (20) is a jr. at 
FL State U., and Scott a jr. at Episcopal H.S. 
Working almost full time as a therapist. Cherry 



also jogs, cycles and competes in Triathlons. 
She enjoys seeing Cecilia Bryant in their 
bookclub. 

Kate Delano Condax's marketing/p.r. 
business, is in its 3rd year. Last year she vis- 
ited Germany on business and was in Berlin 
when Ihey opened the border. She got to take 
a piece of the Wall home. Kate is active in the 
Society of Mayflower Descendants and in the 
National Society of Colonial Dames of 
America. She volunteers at the library of the 
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and at 
the Coffee House Club. Katherine Cooley 
Maher is director of admissions and devel- 
opment tor St Luke's Episcopal School. Phil 
is a broker with Dean Witter. Son Colby is a 
soph at Harvard: Alexander a h.s jr., and 
daughter Maggie in 7th grade. Francie de- 
Saussure Meade and Dave are in Alaska! It's 
cold but "so beautiful it's worth it." She does 
not know how long the Army will keep them 
there. Mary (20) is a soph, at James Madison 
in Harrisonburg, VA; David (18) is a h.s. sr,; 
and Ted (3 in Aug,) is a "joy to all " Suzanne 
Edinger Boas and family had a 13-year-old 
guest from Guatemala, Alejandro, living with 
them for a month and training with their son 
Taylor's swim team Rob is hiking co-chairman 
of Taylor's Boy Scout troop, Heidi (10) skates 
& takes pottery classes, while Suzanne 
carpools! 

Francine Frate McNeill and David still 
love Las Cruces, NM. Francine continues to 
teach math and science at middle school. She 
and David both referee soccer matches. 
Francine is also involved in the Las Cruces 
Symphony Guild and is a director of the South- 
ern NM State Fair. "Quite a contrast " Both their 
daughters in college, Kathleen (20) a jr. at 
Creighton U. in NE, and Maureen (18) a fresh- 
man at St. Mary's College in IN. Lynne 
Gardner Detmer (yours truly), Jim, and their 
5 children had a fab time in Hawaii over 
Christmas, 1 990. Cammy (20) is a jr af Wake 
Forest U., majoring in Music/Organ Perfor- 
mance. Steve (17), a jr. at Brewster Academy 
in NH, enjoys skiing, art, and golL Lynne's jew- 
elry business and singing career keep her 
busy, also her work on the SBC alumnae board 
as national AAR chairman 

Libby Harvey Hodgkins and Joe s 
business. Alpha Chemical and Biomedical 
Laboratories, continues to grow and win 
awards Last year, she and Joe went to Baia lor 
skin diving in the Sea of Cortez. Pembroke 
Herbert Kyle and Bill hope to get in at least 
one more "idyllic" summer visit with Swiss 
cousins before their boys David (13) and Kevin 
(1 0) "no longer want to be seen with us." The 
Kyles enjoy seeing Sally Lawrence 
Watkins and family each Aug. in Nantucket. 
She sees Frances Kirven Morse af sym- 
phony and "can't believe her Sarah is a fresh- 
man at SfanfordI" Pem's business continues 
to grow— 15 history textbooks in the past 3 
years Susan Hinner Avesian remarried 3 
years ago: together, she and her husband have 
5 children. She is the Medical Stall Coordina- 
tor at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, and hopes 
to finish her masters in healthcare administra- 
tion 7/91. Her oldest son, Nick, plays golf for 
the U of MS Matt is a h.s. soph. Susan saw 
Tricia Sparks Lyndon this year 



Career Planning at SBC is booming and 
keeps Carter Hunter Hopkins very busy Ed 
completed his Education Specialist degree at 
UVA. Hunter is in 7th grade, faking SATs for 
the Johns Hopkins gifted program Terry and 
Anne Kinsey Dinan work daily in their new 
restaurant Kinsey is a freshman at UVA, ex- 
celling in academics, "PARTIES" and loving it 
all Ashley is an excellent soph, at Hunter Col- 
lege HS playing Varsity everything. Frank and 
Deirdre Leiand Rhyner bicycled and hiked 
through Ireland and Scotland with such suc- 
cess last summer "that Australia will be next," 
Suzanne Little Jones is "picking up the 
slack." Their "furry mutt" is a "relentless un- 
derachiever who keeps our feet very warm at 
night." Micki Liskin Leader is a part time 
outreach coordinator at Long Island U. and a 
manager for World Book. She is on the edu- 
cation board, and chairperson of the Commu- 
nity Relations Council. 

Debby Luby Rie remarried this past 
year. Her daughter is a sr. at Choate Rosemary 
Hall. Jennie Lyons Fogarty and John have 
2 srs. Anne is af Macalester College and Kate 
at Bethesda-Chevy Chase H S Jennie and 
John visited Anne while she was in Florence, 
Italy on a semester abroad. Patrick is "barely 
surviving" jr. high, and Meghann loves 1st 
grade. Jennie loves volunteering at Children's 
Hospital National Medical Center. Mini re- 
union, anyone? Tenia Macneil lives in an 
"intentional community with 8 other people in 
an old mansion in Palo Alfo." She chairs the 
Palo Alto's Arts Commission. She is a curator 
in the Public Art Program for the City of San 
Franciso Penny Oliver Hawkins, Franny 
Bonney, Suzanne Little, Lizzie Green, 
and Janalee Bourne meet at least every 6 
months to 'solve world problems" Penny says 
that this "notorious" Denver group looks for- 
ward to Dr. Hapala's visit to their SBC club's 
"College for a Day" in '91 . Her son. Miles, is a 
h.s. sr. Liz, a soph . loves lacrosse, 

Ann Peterson Griffin is still married 
fo the same great guy," She continues as do- 
cent at the Dallas Museum of Art, She watched 
her daughter Lisa, a soph, at Washington U., 
play in the NCAA Final Four Volleyball Cham- 
pionship. Daughter Jamie is a h.s. jr. Bonnie 
Pitman is Chair of a national task force on 
Museum Education and vice president of the 
American Association of Museums. They have 
settled into their new home in Berkeley, CA, 
where they moved to take a new job at the art 
museum at the U. of CA. Catherine Porter 
Fuller and Jim continue as partners in their 
respective law firms in Washington, DC. They 
and daughter, Terrell (5), enjoy their cabin near 
Warrenton. Coo Prettyman Irvin hopes 
anyone attending the Ryder Cup Golf Tourna- 
ment on Kiawah Island, SC, will call her! She 
still has an interior design business in 
Charleston. Ford (18) is at Pepperdine U.; Vir- 
ginia (9) af Ashley Hall. They just recovered 
from Hurricane Hugo which destroyed their 
home in Charleston and damaged the home on 
Kiawah. 

Adelaide Russo leaches French and 
comparative literature al LA State U in Baton 
Rouge. Fall 1990 found her in Cassis, France, 
finishing a book on art criticism by surrealist 
poets. The publishing company where Lynn 



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Settlemyer worked for 13 years was sold, 
luckily with little effect on her position. Her 
husband. Pete, runs a daycare center in their 
home and attends college classes evenings 
and weekends. They are active "ole-time contra 
square, and round" dancers. Their boys are 8 
and 4. 

Marianne Schultz Gait has been in 
residential real estate sales for 16 years. Son 
Scott will probably transfer to UVA from a CA 
coHege. Daughter Farrell is a soph, and pres. 
of her h.s. class. Both Sandy and she were 
involved in a merger of two prep schools: they 
were on the board along with Anne Stupp 
McAlpin. Pat Skarda still loves teaching 
English Romantic literature at Smith College. 
Her book. Smith Voices: Selected Worl<s by 
Smith College Women, was published by the 
college. She has a sabbatical in the spring of 
'92 and plans to write about women in Roman- 
tic poetry and prose, and on the Bible and lit- 
erature. The highlight of Amy Thompson 
McCandless' year was her trip to Genoa, 
Italy, to present a paper at a conference on the 
U.S. South. She spent fall 1 990 on her manu- 
script on the higher education of women in the 
20th century south. She and Peter receive 
hand-me-ups from their teenagers, Colin (16) 
and Alastair (12). Both children excel in aca- 
demics, athletics, and as entrepreneurs. 
Suzanne Torgan Weston likes her job do- 
ing independent verification and validation of 
TItan/Centaur flight software. Husband Steve 
is in the MBA program at Regis College. 
Daughter and grandson (3) are in N. CA. 

Blair Walker Lawrence works part 
time for an environmental group trying to pro- 
tect the rural VA Piedmont. Theirtwo boys are 
at UVA, loving it and playing in a rock/blues 
band they formed 3 years ago. Blair enjoyed 
seeing Emmy Savage Borthwick this year, 
as did I. Sandy Waters is taking a year off 
from law, spending 2 months in France and 
Italy, and a month in Thailand. She will sing 
in a law day performance 5/91 . Christine 
Witcover Dean prosecutes drug cases in the 
U.S. Attorney's office in Raleigh, while her 
husband continues as Secretary of the NC 
Dept. of Crime Control & Public Safety. Their 
son hopes to be a Nintendo game inventor. 
Their daughter (9) plans to write or teach. 

Keep loving life, and keep those letters 
coming. Peace and happiness to you all. 



1971 



President: Barbara Gracey Backer 
Secretary: Mary Bell Parks 
Fund Agents: Louise Archer Slater, 
Pamela Henery Arey, Melissa McGee 
Keshishian 

I asked you to share the last 20 years 
(which you did) and to sign your name (which 
everybody but one did)! Sherrill Marks 
Boyd planned a fall trip to Spain and winter 
skiing with Nelson (10) and Hudson (4) in CO. 
Marilyn Kolb says children teach you to "go 
with the flow!" Allison (4) and her new sister 
keep Mom busy. Marilyn had her annual mini- 



reunion with Diana Zeidel, Mimi Pitts 
Dixon and Caroline Tuttle Murray in PL 

last March. Marilyn Boyd Silar sells mobile 
cellular phones: "An exciting industry and I'm 
doing very well." Carol Remington 
Foglesong was appointed Asst. Comptroller 
of Orange County, PL and was elected first fe- 
male Commodore of her sailing club. W. 
Worden Willis is a stockbroker for Dean 
Witter and lives in Coral Springs with her 
sheep dog "Ernie." Louise Jackson was in 
Todd Moseley's wedding last May in Lou- 
isville to Bill Brown. Still a banker and still 
playing tennis, Louise saw Liz Glassman 
recently. Liz got her MBA and is President of 
the Georgia O'Keefe Foundation in Santa Fe. 

With 5 children, ranging from Ben (13) to 
Maggie (2), it seems obvious that Nancy 
Wood Ambrosino would be employed as a 
designer of children's wear. She and Drake are 
"trying to keep up with things" in Ann Arbor! 
Anne Helms Cooper still teaches 1st grade 
in Lynchburg, and got her masters degree (in 
1976) 5 days before her last child was born! 
Will is now a jr. in h.s. and hopes to go to Duke 
or William & Mary: Daisy, a freshman, is a 
cheerleader. The youngest of Linda Hill 
Krensky's 6 children started school this year, 
and she is finally fulfilling one of her dreams, 
starting her own business. Susan Schmidt 
says 1 year at SBC influenced her dispropor- 
tionately to time spent there: the character in 
the novel she is writing goes to SBC. Susan 
graduated from CT College and is finishing her 
thesis in American Lit. at the Univ. of SC, while 
teaching at the NC School of Science and 
Math. Bev Van Zandt Steele is back on 
Galveston Bay, along with Robert, Beverly (6). 
and Roberta (4). Bev skippered and won the 
Women's Hospital Regatta, sailing a 32 ft. Is- 
lander with a 9 woman crew. 

Michaela English's lite revolves 
around home, family and work. She remem- 
bers wistfully the days of reading and lengthy 
philosophical arguments with fellow SBCers. 
Barbara Wuehrmann gives a capsule his- 
tory of 20 years: Duke, med. school at Rutgers, 
family practice residency in Grand Rapids, 
meeting her husband on a canoe trip with the 
Sierra Club. Her father died of lymphoma, and 
her mother is in a nursing home. Louise 
Dempsey McKean and Ted wouldn't change 
much. They had afamily gathering in Bermuda 
for their 20th. Molly is a freshman at Colgate, 
Margot a freshman in h.s. while Matt is in 7th 
grade. Claire Kinnett Tate says SBC gave 
her "thinking skills, a sense of history, a love 
of the arts and of diversity." 

When Mimi Fahs wrote her spouse, 
Elizabeth, was due at any moment. Mimi feels 
the last 20 years have been a search for a pro- 
fessional identity (she's a health economist 
with specialization in social policy for vulner- 
able populations) and a social and personal 
identity (marriage, divorce, and meeting Eliza- 
beth, her partner of 11 years). She looks for- 
ward to the experience a child will bring to her 
life. Alix Summer Pearce is in the career 
she trained for: public school teaching, admin- 
istration, and staff development, and she's 
married. Both, she finds, "are more fulfilling 
than I ever dreamed possible as a freshman at 
SBC." Barbara Brand still lives on the East- 



ern Shore of MD, still works at the Hammond- 
Hammond House, and is "still hoping to study 
more, do more... and looking fon«ard to our 
20th this spring!" Wendy Weiss Smith 
speculated that active volunteers at SBC prob- 
ably continued in that field. She looks fora/ard 
to reunion to prove her theory. 

In her first class note ever, Debbie 
Chasen Wyatt does a quick catch-up. Mar- 
ried to Richard Haste Wyatt, Jr.. whom she met 
while at SBC, she has taken an extended ma- 
ternity leave from her trial and appellate law 
practice in Charlottesville to be with Tom (4) 
and Tyler (2). She's taken up painting again, 
and wonders where Anne Holler is. Carolyn 
Jones Walthall finds that 20 years have 
made her more realistic. With her husband and 
sons, most of her "splashes" to change the 
world are in the local pool. As a single mother 
of twins, Genna and Justin, Comer 
Schmoeller returned to the SF Bay Area and 
works for Fireman's Fund, but is ready for a 
change. Her latest piece of fun: attending the 
jazz festival on Catalina Island. 

Spending 6 mos. of each year in NY and 
6 mos. in FL. London Gray is completely 
involved in horses as a Dressage rider, and she 
credits SBC with giving her a start. Having won 
more national championships than any other 
rider, competed on 2 Olympic teams, and rep- 
resented the US at the 1991 World Cup in 
Paris. Lendon has also coached many national 
championships. Bev Wright Graves feels 
retirement closer than graduation from SBC, 
and is evaluating priorities: daughter Katie (2), 
husband Pete, the novel she never wrote, and 
a 20-year teaching career in Lynchburg. Betty 
Duson spent her 1st decade after graduation 
pursuing a doctorate, teaching, and counsel- 
ing. This past decade, she married, had a child, 
even edited a book. SBC experiences enrich 
her life: classical music with Miss Umbreit: 
French with Mr. Coon: writing with Mr. Smart: 
and friendships that endure to today. 

Pam Henery Arey. blessed with "love, 
learning, and laughter" from her husband and 
children, is ready to get an outside job to help 
with college expenses. Jill Lowry Warful 
(Grammer 317!) raises 4 daughters, teaches 
school and Sunday School, and volunteers. 
Her oldest. Claire, in Germany as an exchange 
student, was in Berlin for Reunification Day. 
Juli is horse crazy: Jill attributes it to rooming 
with Melissa McGee. The other 2 daughters are 
still little. Dee Kysor and her husband George 
Crafts chaperoned their 6th grade daughter's 
1st dance, and Dee wonders how they can 
dance to that music! The veterinary practice 
where Dee works was remodeled and she en- 
joys the space, George, looking for a librarian 
post in Richmond, commutes to Charlottes- 
ville, to tell folk tales, myths and ghost stories. 

Wendy Norton Brown's sons (11 and 
1 4) attended soccer camp at SBC last summer 
and lived in the same room in Grammer that 
Barbie Gracey Backer and Wendy shared 
freshman year. They thought it small, despite 
such amenities as individual controlled heat/ 
AC, a ceiling fan, and new bathrooms! Wendy 
was at SBC in the fall for the Reunion Gifts 
Committee meetings and saw Roma Sheen 
Young, back for the 1st time. In addition to 
full time work as Librarian/Media Specialist at 



Central Elementary School in Amherst, Elodie 
Taylor Thompson is church treasurer and 
Girl Scout Registrar for Amherst County. 8th 
grader Clay and 5th grader Meredith have 
many after school activities. Her husband 
John, in marketing with Lynchburg Sheltered 
Industries, is in the Puritan Club and is presi- 
dent of the Amherst Middle School PTA. 

Lynne Manov Sprinsky and Matt (1 1 ) 
will move to Williamsport, PA this summer 
following husband Bill, who teaches at the PA 
College of Technology. She enjoys competing 
in dressage with her Appaloosa/TB gelding, 
and has progressed from Training to 3rd level. 
In the last 20 years. Katharine Watts mar- 
ried Dale Mclvor, a founding general partner 
of Southport Partners, an investment banking 
firm specializing in private financing and 
mergers. Their son, William Watts Mclvor, was 
born 8/10/90. Kathy Wilson Lamb writes 
from Atlanta that Rex joined Smith, Gambrell 
and Russell as a partner. By choice. Kathy is a 
full-time homemaker, driving Marie (15) and 
Katie (12) to many activities. 

Kristi Bettendorf Swartz envisioned 
lite after SBC as a wife and mother, with art on 
the side. But she has a full-time career as a 
prosecutor in addition to the wife and mother 
roles. Susan Greenwald, in NYC, appreci- 
ates good SBC friends. Wendy Weiss Smith 
and Gil visited, touring museums and playing 
pool. Susan saw Dee Kysor at her new home 
last June and went to Val Murphey's wed- 
ding. Ann Tippin Prestrom wrote to Susan 
from Australia and sent photos of her young 
daughter Elizabeth. Honey Hammer runs a 
sales training department for Bank One in Day- 
ton and competes in and judges horse shows. 
Honey saw Gale Hull Whetzel and Betsy 
Buchanan Fishback '72 several times, and vis- 
ited Jean Mackenzie Thatcher and 
Alison Jones MacEwan in NYC 

Liz Mumford Wilson paints and raises 
a 3-yr.-old, and hopes that some of her art 
appeared in the Christmas issue of the Ladies 
Home Journal. Frances Woltz enjoys living 
in Charlotte, NC, where she and John cel- 
ebrated their 20lh anniversary. John Jr. is a 
freshman at UNC - Chapel Hill, Amy is 16, 
Francie is 11, and Billy started 1st grade. De- 
spite a high-level career at the Bowery Savings 
Bank in NYC, Kay Brown Grala finds her 
greatest joys are Broni (9). Meggie (8) and 
Nicholas (4). In Lexington, KY Barbara 
Smith Young co-owns a travel agency, a job 
with great travel benefits. She took her hus- 
band Bill, Chris (15) and Meade (11) to the 
Galapagos Islands last June. 

Janet Burks Ross and her husband 
Larry are pastoring the Reisterstown Baptist 
Church in Baltimore, MD. Larry also takes 
seminary classes while Janet teaches kinder- 
garten. Lisa is a jr. at the Univ. of AK in 
Fairbanks and Chris is in the Army Airborne 
Division Frances Barnes Kennamer 
writes from Montgomery, AL that her "baby 
will be 6 at our 20th reunion." She sees 
Manda Megaree Sutton, and the 
Kennamers are good friends with Martha 
Roton Terry and spouse. Frances works for 
the State Health Dept. in management and 
policy analysis. Sally Uptegrove Lee 
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Nashville and keeps the books at Lee Masonry, 
Rachel (11) takes piano and tennis. The Lees 
spent 2 weeks in England one summer and a 
week in Monte Carlo another year. Last sum- 
mer they drove to Colorado Springs to pick up 
Rachel trom summer camp, and had a family 
reunion too' A news clipping tells us that Su- 
san Seller Ewing teaches art history at St, 
Catherine's in Richmond and participates in 
many civic activities, 

Karen Murphy Ireland says she 
learned loyalty from her parents, patience trom 
her teenaged son, forgiveness from her ex- 
husband, the value of friendship, and the gift 
of love from her husband, Barbara Gracey 
Backer lived everywhere trom Washington, 
DC to Delray Beach, FL working at jobs from 
waitressing to insurance. She went back to 
school and was single tor years, but says 
"now," with husband Ronald and John (5), 
David (3), and Katherine (1) is the best time. 
Working part-time in insurance, Barbie also 
plays tennis, presides over the Delray Beach 
Historical Society, and works with alcoholic 
and drug-addicted women. Beryl Berqulst 
Farris spoke at a national conference of 
American Immigration Lawyers 6/90 in Seattle 
She has a full-time immigration and customs 
law practice in Atlanta, is mother to Kristin (10) 
and Ariana (6), and volunteers in the schools 
and with Girl Scouts, Wendy Weller moved 
from the east side ol NYC to Wyckoff, NJ with 
Donald and Caroline (4) This year's mystery 
correspondent recently moved to northern VA 
and is a partner in the law firm of Johnson, Rice 
& Co, Please sign your cardsl 

Thanks for your correspondence. I love 
hearing from you and compiling this annual 
picture of our diverse, maturing class.l almost 
forgot myself, I teach preschool mornings, 
walk in the afternoons with John (2), and vol- 
unteer with the American Cancer Society, Julia 
(12) is in 7th grade and Steven (9) waits tor 
recess in the 4th Sometimes we hike and ski 
in the mountains. Hope to see you soon! 



1972 



President Marian Walker 
Secretary Edna Ann Osmanski Loftus 
Fund Agents Susan Waller Nading, 
Margaret Haynes Brunstad 

It is wonderful to recall our precious times 
at Sweet Briar while we rejoice in the College's 
bright future with President Barbara Hill and 
celebrate our |oys and accomplishments. 

In Hong Kong. Ellen Moore Miller tu- 
tors English in a Chinese school, plays ten- 
nis, and raises 3 teenagers, Elizabeth, Virginia, 
and David, all at Hong Kong International 
School: her husband, David, is vice president 
of Intra Asia tor American President Lines. In 
Paris, Stephanie Harmon Simonard co 
chairs the World Federation of Americans 
Abroad and is president of the American Club 
of Paris, but her biggest news is the birth on 
10/23/90 of her 3rd daughter, Emilie Elizabeth 
Dominique Across the channel in London 
Holly Smith combines carpentry with tree- 



lance writing and gardening. She enjoyed a 
visit with Vivian Finlay and her husband over 
Christmas 

I heard from Vivian Finlay herself after 
her return to AK from a "Round the World" trip 
to visit family and friends in India and else- 
where. Vivian has her own business as a mar- 
riage and family psychotherapist; her husband. 
Chuck, is a marketing consultant Sally 
Blalock Seidel loves snow skiing in CA. She 
is studying to be a landscape architect while 
busy with daughter Emily's (8) school and 
church activities. Linda Odum also loves 
skiing and divides her time between FL and CO 
selling real estate Nancy Hagar Bruetsch 
moved to Denver with her children Kim (15), 
Kelly (13), and Matthew (9). Nancy is a Fed- 
eral Protection Otiicer and says she never 
dreamed she would be dressing for work in 
gray camouflage and combat boots and be 
trained to shoot! Eliza Walbridge is in her 
3rd year of teaching math and computers on 
the Zuni Indian Reservation in NM She drives 
40 miles to get water or go shopping, race- 
walks competitively and flies planes 

Margaret Lyie Jones and Carol Cody 
Herder live in Houston, Margaret went to 
London and Ireland and still enjoys immunol- 
ogy research, Carol is busy with children, 
Sarah and Charles, They completed a ranch 
house in the country stocked with cattle and 
farm equipment. She was selected Volunteer 
of the Year tor the Houston Museum of Natu- 
ral Science where she was a decent for 2 years 
as part of her Jr, League work Betty Works 
Fuller and her family are in San Marcos Like 
so many ot us, Betty finds life challenging and 
fulfilling, Rhonda Durham writes from Mid- 
land, TX of an oldest son thinking about col- 
lege, a year as president of the Midland Jr 
League, and service as an Elder in the Pres- 
byterian Church Rhonda visited Susan 
Snodgrass Wynne and Margaret Hayes 
Brunstad and reminds us to plan to attend 
our 20th reunion in 1992 

Peggy Morrison Outon moved from 
Austin, TX to New Orleans, She is director ot 
development tor the Contemporary Arts Cen- 
ter and her husband is a proiect manager tor 
Historic Restorations, Inc, The family, includ- 
ing teenagers Ross and Katie, loves NO. Abby 
Flynn writes trom St Petersburg, FL of her 
1988 marriage to Alan Slutsky and the 1989 
birth of daughter, Alison Rachel. Abby enjoys 
time away trom teaching at Pinellas Technical 
Education Center to be with Alison, In Talla- 
hassee Mary Pat Varn Moore is busy with 
sons Warren (10) and Taylor (2) as well as her 
career as a senior governmental analyst in the 
FL governor's office Our thoughts and prayers 
are with Mary Pat and husband Paul as Paul, 
Jr (Mary Pat's stepson) is with the army in 
Saudia Arabia In Birmingham, AL Susan 
Waller Nading and Alex are busy with work, 
children, volunteer activities, and sports. The 
family went to England last summer, Susan's 
father was the tour guide, Susan was a coun- 
selor for 3 weeks at Camp Green Cove in NC, 
Alice Johnson has no "recreation" when she 
balances time with Carl (5) and Mary (2), work 
as a gastroenterologisi, and Emory Medical 
School faculty assignments! Her husband, 
David Krendel, is busy with neurology at the 



Emory Clinic and with planting azaleas. Alice's 
horse, Fortune, really a member of the SBC 
Class ot 1972, enjoys life as an "elder states- 
man" Deborah Wilson Hollings, after a 
year teaching Public Speaking and Debate with 
William Buckley's brother, Reid, decided to 
update her teaching certificate. Now she loves 
teaching French for pre-school through 3rd 
grade at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in 
Columbia, SC, Her husband Michael prepares 
lor his father's 1992 Senate reelection cam- 
paign and son Christopher, in 4th grade, en- 
joys karate. 

In Culpepper VA, Charia Leonard 
Reynolds is busy with her boys, William (7) 
and Keith (10), and as a speech pathologist, 
Charia sends news ot the birth of Kate Wil- 
liams Cox's 3rd child, daughter Henley, In 
Lynchburg, Judith Rives Bell-Lewis is 
president of the Lynchburg branch of the 
AAUW, vice-moderator of Presbyterian 
Women at the First Presbyterian Church, sec- 
retary ot the Friends ot the Public Library and 
treasurer of the Lynchburg League of Women 
Voters, All this in addition to raising 2 daugh- 
ters, Sinclair (15) and Devon (10)! Dolores 
Connor lives in Roanoke with children, David 
(5 1/2) and Oesiree (4), She enjoys being a 
counselor doing job placement of persons re- 
ceiving worker's compensation, Barbara 
Tessin Derry, still retired from law, enjoys 
"mommy things" in Richmond, Son Will (6) 
likes kindergarten and daughter Alice (3 1/2) 
nursery school. A recent visit to SBC left Bar- 
bara eager for our 1 992 reunion and with high 
hopes for the administration ot President Bar- 
bara Hill Susan Snodgrass Wynne in Vir 
ginia Beach, is busy with volunteer work, 
especially the Norfolk Ronald McDonald 
House Sons John (15) and Brad (9) are fine. 
Jeannette Pillsbury worked full time this 
year as the principal at Conner Elem. School 
in Manassas Park and taught 5th grade math 
while completing her doctorate Our love and 
sympathy to Carter Frackelton on the death 
of her father. She runs her family cinder block 
manufacturing business and volunteers with 
the Jr Board of Historic Fredericksburg, gar- 
den club, SBC as a key alumna, and the Ameri- 
can Heart Association. Kitty Howell 
Riordan is director ol a senior citizens cen- 
ter in Arlington. Her husband, Dave, is a sales 
executive with Merrill Lynch Matthew is 10 
and Michael 8 Marry Phillips Donohoe, 
husband Peter, and their 2 children, Peter 
Phillips (8) and Meaghan Guthrie (5), live in 
a contemporary house in the woods in Alex- 
andria Mary is Vice President ot Time Life 
Books. She oversees direct response market- 
ing and traveled to San Francisco. HI and MT 
on business 

Ginger Upchurch Collier writes trom 
Chesfertown, MD with enthusiasm for her lat- 
est SBC involvement. She and sister Kathy co- 
chair the Committee to Endow the Sciences. 
Their goal is to raise 2.3 million This respon- 
sibility brings Ginger back to campus often and 
her note bubbled with excitement over the fac- 
ulty and opportunities at Sweet Briar. Formerly 
a writer tor the Chattanooga Times. Libby 
Wann published a book, Ctiattanooga. Deliv- 
ering the Dream, a profile ot the city in transi- 
tion. Trish Neal Van Clief in Lexington, KY, 



is excited about her new role on SBC's Board 
ot Directors Like all ot us who met Barbara 
Hill, Trish is "completely impressed" with 
SBC's new President In Ann Arbor. Ml Emily 
McNally Brown is an educational develop- 
ment counselor for the U. of Ml A teacher at 
heart. Emily still teaches Children's Literature 
at a local community college and gardening 
and French at son Christopher's school. Her 
husband Jim works for Ford in Dearborn and 
skies and canoes Peter (16) and Chris (10) 
play soccer 

Susan Desmet Bostic had a busy year 
remodeling in NJ. Daughter Rosalie is in 1st 
grade Georgie Vairo, in NYC, still chairs the 
$2.3 billion Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust and 
travels extensively to DC. and Richmond. She 
also is associate dean and professor at 
Fordham Law School and wrote a book on 
Rule 11 Sanctions and an article about the 
abstention doctrine Georgie insists she still 
finds time for fun! B.J. Martin also in NYC, 
is a regional vice president ot the ladies ap- 
parel division for Tony Lambert Inc. Our sym- 
pathy to B J on the death of her father. 
Greyson Shuff Tucker has lived in Green- 
wich, CT tor a year Her husband Garland com- 
mutes to wt while Greyson works in New 
Canaan m graphics design. They have 2 
daughters. Grey (13) and Liza (9), Dale Shel- 
ley will move from Boston soon, either to NYC 
or Raleigh-Durham, Her husband Jim ac- 
cepted a new job with a software company. 
Dale still works part-time tor Japanese high- 
tech firms and went to Japan last summer. 
Although Dale does some volunteer and Jr. 
League work, her daughter Lily (1) and son 
Fielding (4) occupy most ot her time. Kathy 
Upchurch Takvorian, busy in Boston, en- 
joys her greater involvement with SBC as a 
director. Although parenting and doctoring are 
both wonderfully fulfilling, Kathy feels that "the 
concept of doing it all and having it all is 
mythical." For M. Jennings Matheson it is 
pasforing and parenting. She is rector of St. 
James Church in Great Barrington, MA. Her 
husband. Rev. Robert Clements, is chaplain of 
the Hoosac School in NY. Son Zack Aichner 
is12- 

I heard from the SBC Alumnae Office of 
the 1 2/90 death ot Daphne Drennon Gatlin 
Our deepest sympathy to Daphne's family. 

Teaching English at St, Andrews Presby- 
terian College in Laurinburg. NC is great. My 
husband Bill and son Willie (6) are the delights 
ol my lite. This tall we will stay in a castle in 
the Italian Alps Bill will teach a group ot St. 
Andrews students there; I will be on sabbati- 
cal, and Willie will go to school in an Italian 
village. It's not too early to plan tor our 20th 
reunion. We have many experiences to share! 



1975 



President: Maria Vonetes 
Secretary: Katharine Osborne 
Fund Agent: Bet Bashinsky White 

Greetings! I am your newly "elected" sec- 
retary and I am of the class ot 1975, not the 



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class of 1983 as printed on the postcard (but 
then again I would be 29 it in the class of '83)1 
I had a hard time deciding what to include of 
all the interesting news you wrote, I tried to 
write what everyone emphasized most. 

Randy Anderson Trainors Interior 
design business tool< off and she hired a 
woman in marketing. Husband Tom has a busy 
landscape design business and Cliff (7) and 
Gary (5) are in school. They camp, hil<e and 
ski. Margaret Babb is an associate at the law 
firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld 
in DC Bet Bashinsky White is busy with 
Brownrlgg's (1 2) tennis and Thomas' (8) soc- 
cer and Cub Scouts. Carol Evans Brewer and 
Cathie Grier Kelly and Ellen Harrison Saunders 
helped celebrate her 37th. Beverly Crispin 
Heffernan sends her household report of 1 
husband, Jim: 2 children, Jimmy (9) and Chris 
(5); 3 horses; 2 dogs; 1 cat; 2 fish; and 7 baby 
snapping turtles. She plans to work part time 
for the Energy Dept. (probably advising them 
how to have morel!) and she saw lots of SBC 
alums recently at a cocktail party in DC. Carol 
Clement Pavia went to Switzerland on busi- 
ness 3/90 and piggybacked a vacation to Ger- 
many and Italy. Her oldest child began 
kindergarten. Carol bikes weekly 30 miles 
along the beach. 

Jean Conner Churchill and Paul had 
their 3rd child in March. Zachary (7) and 
Mallory (4) love Palmer Jean. Jean loves Rich- 
mond and being home fulltime. Anne 
Cogswell Burris can't remember having as 
much fun as she did at our reunion. She and 
Lon finished their Hugo repairs and their 4 
children are all in school or pre-school. 
Catherine Cranston Whitham, Whit, Ann 
(10), and Craig (8) vacationed in the Lake Dis- 
trict of England in Sept. Catherine is in Col- 
lege recruiting and Executive Placement with 
Thalhimers. Coni Cracker Betzendahl, 
Richard, Lindsey (8), and Ashley (5) spent the 
summer on their new boat "Watercolour." Coni 
has more time with the kids in school tor her 
free-lance illustrations for the Palmer Choco- 
late boxes. Janis Csicsek Dodge, Stanley, 
Trey (7) and Emily (5) are back in Timonium, 
MD after 10 years in Boston. Janis is sr. vice 
president in charge of the Banking Division of 
York Federal Financial, York, PA. 

Bonnie Lee Damianos Rampone 
simplified lite by networking this yearl Chuck 
and Chris have scouts, sports, etc... Bonnie is 
busy with quilting, Bible Study, Sunday school 
teaching and a garden club. Stephanie 
Dewey Hoffman is a graphic designer with 
her husband in their advertising/marketing 
firm. Louisa Dixon moved back to the US 
from France in Aug. and is a professor's as- 
sistant at the UVA Law school. Her neighbor 
in France spent a 2nd summer in Richmond 
with Terry Starke Tosh and family as an au- 
pair. Jeannette Egli Drake, married in 
Pittsburgh, PA, is a Major in the PA Air Na- 
tional Guard (as Dir. of Personnel) and a con- 
sultant to the nuclear power industry for 
Westinghouse. She began an M.A. in Instruc- 
tional Technology 1/90. Francine Ely 
Cannon's children, Alex and Scott, play soc- 
cer after school. Both photo businesses are 
busy to their delight. Caroline Foster Davis 
still teaches 1st grade at Amelon Elementary 



School in Madison Heights. 

Martha French Roberts, Matthew and 
their 3 kids made a surprise move to Kansas 
City in Aug. when Matthew entered 1st year 
med. school at age 40. She will miss Hous- 
ton, especially JoEllen Lenoir Blunk who is her 
daughter's (Malone) godmother. Celia 
Gerrard Veseika is at home in Houston with 
2 children Hana (8) and (5). She volunteers at 
schools and church. Barb Joynt, her SBC 
roommate lives just around the corner. 
Suzanne Godfrey Wright is busy with the 
Jr. League and her children's schools and the 
board of her neighborhood Garden Club. She 
ran into Libby Stough Rush when Libby was 
in town on a buying trip. Melissa Green- 
wood Reimer has been back in the US for a 
year after 3 years in London. Jeff is with a con- 
struction managers/consulting firm and Mel- 
issa is busy with volunteer work and Emily (4th 
grade) and Katherine (2nd grade). Cathie 
Grier Kelly and Bill like Norfolk. They learned 
to sail last summer and now want their own 
boati Cathie, at Sovran Bank in personnel, is 
busy due to a recent merger with C & S. 

Lisa Hall did an internship at the Fogg 
Museum and returned to south FL to start a 
business in the conservation of works of art on 
paper. Ellen Harrison Saunders reports 
that Harrison (8) plays soccer and Mary 
Carson (5) is in pre-school and loves her 
music appreciation class. Ellen continues to 
write and appear on a weekly cable TV show. 
Ann Henderson Stamets still loves San Di- 
ego. Jay will retire from 20 years in the Navy 
and hopes to fly for an airline. Son Jon is into 
soccer, baseball and Scouts. Ann is a substi- 
tute teacher. Anna Ho received her MBA from 
Duke in 1987. She is married to Robert E. 
Whalen II and has 2 daughters, Christine (14) 
and Sterling (12). Chris Hoefer Myers is the 
new Director of Major Gifts at U. of SC after 
14 years with PBS. At the reunion, Chris' 
daughter Aidan and Ann Wesley Ramsey's 
daughter Alden played together. Ginny 
Holden has a new position as sr. attorney for 
Illinois Bell. She and Scott spent early Sept. 
biking in Paris and Bordeaux. Edie Jones left 
BellSouth to pursue a Ph.D. in organizational 
psychology at Georgia State U. in Atlanta. Way 
to go Edie! 

Maria Jones Tisdale, George and Sara 
added Ann Chewning to their family. Chris- 
tine Kjellstrom Douglas had twin girls: 
Christina and Edie, 5/4/90 (9-10 weeks early). 
Both are doing fine at home now. Dot Lyons- 
Heffner is busy with Ryan (15 mos.) and a 
baby expected 1/91 . She is buying property in 
Lake County, OH and expects to build. Mar- 
garet McFaddin is in law school! Stays up 
all night reading case books! She is also presi- 
dent-elect of the Jr. League. Claire Martin 
Avegno teaches 1st grade (part time) at Stuart 
Hall School. She spends time in volunteer 
work, arts and craft projects and with Martin 
(2nd grade) and Caroline (pre-K). Diana 
Martin Gordon spent 2 years renovating a 
farm in Leeds, MA. She is a busy mom for 
Miles (3), an avid dressage rider (occasion- 
ally blessed with the teaching of Lendon Gray 
'71 ) and one of a concertizing vocal chamber 
ensemble. 

Shari Mendelson Gallery has been 



busy since reunion shearing thousands of 
Christmas trees, building a 3 bedroom house 
next door for her mother-in-law and working 
for Bell Atlantic! Denise Montgomery owns 
a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 linen closet 
townhouse. She closed the deal before leav- 
ing for 12 days in Ireland and a week in Lon- 
don. She says the reunion gifts committee was 
one of the most satisfying experiences she's 
ever had. Rosalind Moorman Reidy is the 
office manager for Telecheck Services, Inc in 
Denver. She enjoys aerobics, mountain-bik- 
ing and time with her kids, Rosemary (5) and 
Joseph (4). Janice O'Donnell has lived lor 
10 years in NY enjoying careers in both sales 
and law. Kathy Sue Orr North slipped oft to 
Paris last fall for a quick vacation. Roger got a 
new job. Nelly Osinga Branson announces 
the birth of Susan Janelle 10/2/90. 

Jeannine Petersen Laskey s and 
Tom's business started in 1984 and made the 
INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in 
1989 at #287. Jean has 2 children, Andrew (7) 
and Lauren (4). Louise Pulizzi, in the DC 
area, loves being Dir. of Corporate Commu- 
nications for Clark Construction Group, the 
nation's 2nd largest general building contrac- 
tor. Louise also raises funds for low and mod- 
erate income housing. Dey Passarello 
Mathews and Scott, James (3), and Bradley 
Nicholas (born 9/90) moved to Chevy Chase, 
MD. She hopes the A.F. doesn't call Scott to 
the Middle East. Betsy Rawles met Stanley 
Stuart in KY for the Race of Champions (an 
endurance race for horses) where they both 
were veterinarian secretaries. Betsy drove to S. 
Lake Tahoe with Stanley for a week of R and 
R Janet Richards Oikawa is thankful for 
children Naomi (7), Marl (5) and David (2). 
Cecilia Robertson Huggins works at the 
Dept. of Social Services in Columbia, SC. She 
saw Catherine Cranston Whitham in High- 
lands, NC at a wedding. 

Anne Ross Shipe, before our reunion 
looked fonward to being "roomies" with Elaine 
Altice Baker again. Sara Ruble Kyle still 
works with her family business and travels. In 
Oct. she visited India and cruised the Indian 
Ocean to Kenya. Polly Schriver Kocban 
and Jeff are at Jackson Memorial/U . of M iami . 
Jeff is in interventional neuroradiology and 
Polly in pediatric radiology. Michael is in 1st 
grade and Andrew is 2 and a devil! They're ad- 
justing to S. FL weather! Buffy Sbelton 
Montgomery and Jim enjoy San Antonio. 
Jim is a trial attorney and Buffy is busy with 
Jr. League and Jimmy (15) and Anne (12). 
Ginny Shipe Cameron was sorry to miss 
reunion but caught up with some classmates 
by phone. She and her boys (9 and 7) visited 
her family in Orlando. If anyone in the Annapo- 
lis, DC, Baltimore area knows a Mr. Right for 
Ginny, let her know! 

Ann South Malick works on her "new" 
farmhouse. They moved the horses to their 
farm which changed their spontaneous 
lifestyle. She spins and weaves to fill orders 
before Christmas. Nan Stuart wrote about her 
work with horses. She was awarded the Rose- 
mary Ames Award for teaching by the Ameri- 
can Humane Society - that is like national 
Teacher of the Year in the humane world. 
Dorsey Tillett Northrup moved to a new 



house in Vienna, VA. She is busy with her 3 
kids. She sees Sallie Scarborough and Penn 
Wilcox Branin on trips to NC. Bonnie 
Walton Mayberry was challenged as a 1st 
grade teacher by having 2 student teachers. 
Daughter Megan is 9. Bonnie hopes to pub- 
lish a book about the death ol her older daugh- 
ter of cancer in 1 985. Ann Wesley Ramsey 
has a new house 15 minutes closer to Rich- 
mond. She summarized reunion as a wonder- 
ful "back to basics" weekend of chatting and 
catching up. We send our condolences to Ann 
on the death of her father in July from a car 
accident. Susan West Best completed her 
M.D. at TX A&M 6/90. She adds this to her 
Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT. Susan 
is a first year resident in internal medicine in 
Temple, TX. Worden Willis, in South FL, is 
a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch. She is proud 
to be a woman in the brokerage business. She 
and her sheepdog Ernie say hi. 

I love Seattle. I bought a house and am 
eager to fix it up. I enjoyed seeing everyone at 
reunion. Take care until next year. 



1976 



President: Galvin M. Gentry 
Secretary: Mary Beth Hamlin Finke 
Fund Agent: Cynde Seller Eister 



1979 



President: Rebecca Trulove Symons 

Class Secretary: Graham Maxwell 

Russell 

Fund Agents: Laura Evans, Anne Garrity 

Spees, Patricia Paterson Graham 



1980 



President: Amy Campbell Lamphere 
Secretary: Lillian Sinks Sweeney 
Fund Agents: Myth Monnicb Bayoud, 
Meghan Coff ield Lyon 

I'd like to begin with an acknowledgment 
of those serving in the Gulf, and pray that by 
the time you read this, those near and dear to 
us will be home safe. 

Lisa Sturkie Greenberg expects #2 in 
July. She still works 4 days a week as a legal 
headhunter. Susie Smith Kemp had a baby 
girl in Oct., Michelle. She still works for an Ad 
agency in Okl-city. They want larger housing 
for baby and dog. Lisa Schneider Thornton 
loves suburbia and being home with Timmy, 
but thinks at times a job would be easier. She 
is near the beach and welcomes visitors. Con- 
gratulations to Francie Root for earning her 
Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Now 
she'll relax and play golf. Melissa Gentry 
Witherow rejoices over the births of the 
Landons, Ludemans, Kemps and their own 
family. They look forward to Lee's graduation 



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in the spring and visiting SBC triends, Susan 
Posey Ludeman tiad tier 3rd child and lool<s 
fabulous as usual. She and Danny took the 
l(ids to Disney World and survived. Danny fin- 
ishes his MBA in August Pam Koehler 
Elmets writes from CA that the twins keep her 
busy, I saw them in Feb, - those children are 
gorgeous, 

Sandra Rappaccioli Padilla has been 
in Managua lor 6 mos, and says there is a lot 
to do to get the country running. Max and the 
boys are tine Jeannine Davis Harris is an 
office furniture rep at the IDCNYC in NYC, She 
and Barky went to London where she visited 
Georgia Schley, then to MN to see Catherine 
Flaherty, and of course was maid of honor in 
my wedding. She takes design courses and 
cooking classes, Betli Fletcher Lubin is 
active in the Jr, League and Sunday school in 
Montgomery H i 1 1 is 3 now, Viclci Clarendon 
Richter was busy with an addition to their 
home. She has 2 sons, Nathaniel-3 and Pe- 
ter-20 mos and by now should have a 3rd 
Amy Campbell Lamphere and the gang 
adjusted well to NYC and the hectic lite, Jim 
loves being V,P, at American Title and she 
loves dance producing, though it is hard times 
for all the arts. She sees lots of SBCers in NYC 
Jake is tat and happy, a real character. Amy still 
writes a column tor the paper in Mpis Hollis 
Hutchens Volk spent a rowdy time in NYC 
with Francie. She is not working and is able 
to be with new baby Emma born 7/90, She 
plans ski trips out west in Jan and Feb, 

In NH, True Dow Datilio is slepmom to 
Lou's 2 teenagers and will become a mom 
herself 8/91 , Young Louie is a good prospect 
for the 96 Olympics, She missed being at re- 
union and misses all, Ann Connolly 
Reagan works part time in a toy store in 
Newburyport, Hannah, 2, is an official tester 
for those toys. She attended Myth Monnich's 
wedding alone 1/91 , Clare Oennison Grif- 
fith also enjoyed being in TX tor Myth's mar- 
riage to David Bayoud, Leslie Minton 
Toscano loves living in Rome, Italy and has 
learned how to communicate in broken Italian, 
She has 2 children William-4 and Elena bom 
9/90. She and husband Salatore were in CT tot 
the holidays. Brandy Wood, in Louisville, 
KY, works full time at a mental health agency 
and gets her masters in May, Julia 
Grosvenor Sanford and Keith expect their 
3rd child, a girl, in March, She still works tor 
Provident Lite Ins, in Chattanooga, Wanda 
McGill Fay and her husband Pete bought a 
new house outside of Tucson, AZ. She got her 
certification in elementary education; is post- 
poning teaching until alter they start a family 
Lisa Falkner O'Hara and husband Jim had 
a boy in Oct, She caught up with Sally Grey 
Loveioy and heard of her exciting trip to China 
where she studied health issues for Congress, 

Trish Moynahan Rice, in Houston, 
works for Panhandle Eastern Corporation, 
takes care ot her 13 month old and rides her 
new old horse Phyllis Watt Jordan is a 
newspaper reporter at the Virginian Pilot in 
Norfolk, covering military issues Amy 
Andrews Monahan works on her PhD in 
Amer, Social History, and works part time in 
Alexandria where she lives. Susan Mangden 
works on her PhD in counseling psychology 



in Boston. Swee Lan Hong has a new |ob 

with Proctor and Gamble and will move to 
Hong-Kong Fran McClung Ferguson wel- 
comed a new addition to their family, Carol 
Holbrook, 10/90, They also have a boy, 
Judith Wright Noel and her husband are 
proud new owners ot a llorist in Bedford, VA, 
They're also remodeling a farmhouse that has 
been in the family for generations. The shop 
is called Frederic's Flowers, stop by, LaQuela 
Scaif e Barnett was married 1 0/90 to Roger 
Allen Barnett II, They're living in 2 cities, he in 
NYC and she in Nashville, By Feb. they hope 
to be together in Nashville. Sue Stetson 
Grist has moved to Herndon, VA where she 
has a computer consulting business. She 
plans to start her PhD this fall She and Steve 
enjoy their son Danilel 1/2. 

Jamie Beard Seigal and Andy, in 
Tulsa, have 2 children, Anna and Cole. Eliza- 
beth Purdy Thorsey is over the hump of the 
first year with her business, Capitol Search 
LTD. Her husband and toddler are well. Anne 
Secor is still senior art director/marketing in 
NYC. She travels constantly for location 
shoots. She is in the process ol becoming a 
homeowner. Pam Willet Hauck received a 
special Valentines gift in 1 990, the birfh ot #2 
daughter Alexandra. Katie is 2 1/2. Greg is sta- 
tioned in Wash. DC: Pam is still active in the 
reserves Garrow Hudson Crowley works 
at a travel agency in Spartensburg and has 3 
children, Elsa bom 10/85, Kathleen born 3/90, 
and Mark born 9/88. Tish Longest Tyler 
works tor the Attorney General in Richmond, 
takes aerobics, is on 2 volleyball teams, and 
takes care of bubble and kids. Vivien 
Guttridge Olsen and family moved to WY 
She is at home with her son, Caleb 16 mos. 
They bought a house and she is involved with 
Masters swimming and volunteers tor the bat- 
tered womens shelter. Anyone in the area 
please call. The skies are vast and blue but the 
winter cold. 

Anne Fisher McDaniel and bubble had 
#3 child in 5/90. He and his sister Maggie keep 
her busy. In Jan they moved into a new old 
house Lanny Sassier Newman and hus- 
band Win had their 1st child 6/90. She was 
working at TV. Guides nat'l h.g. in Radnor, PA 
but is glad to be home with Winslow Mary 
Sue Hagerty Ascani, husband and 2 chil- 
dren, Jeremy 4 1/2, and Joshuah, 3 live in 
Marlow, north of Keene, NH. She is at home 
with the children and helps with the family 
contracting business. Flo Rowe Barnick 
and husband expect twins in April. She works 
lor the paper in Fredricksburg and has not 
quite determined how to commute with twins. 
They plan to move to F'burg this summer. 
Carolyn Hallahan is a proud homeowner 
and a Communication Systems Programmer 
at IBM in Bethesda. She hunts or target shoots 
at her cabin near Camp David. Carolyn wants 
to know where Lisa Caldwell is; if you know, 
fell the alumnae office- 
Sylvia Kathryn Hart is business man- 
ager and promotional agent tor her mother who 
wrote From Love Thai Hurls..- To Love That's 
Real. They appeared on a Dal las talk show She 
is training in Expressive Arts Therapy and 
hopes to use her masters in int'l management. 
Susan Boline Thompson moved from CA 



to TX. Daughter Rebecca was born 4/90. She 
is in touch with Lanny Sasser Newman and 
Marian Maxwell Beaumont who both recently 
had children. Martha Carey is a lost class- 
mate. If you know her whereabouts please tell 
the alum office. 

As for moi, I love being married - you have 
a built-in friend. I'm trying to find a job in 
Oncology/AIDS care and plan to start my mas- 
ters in that subject this tall. I tag along with my 
husband to nifty warm spots in cold Ml 
months. Best to all. 



1983 



President: Mary Watt Messer 

Secretary: Melissa Byrne 

Fund Agent: Michelle McSwain Williams 

In Oct. I moved to Chicago, my 3rd city 
of the yearl I still sell software with Lotus and 
love it. It anyone is in Chicago, PLEASE look 
me up! I got TONS of responses (as usual) 
Margaret Enochs Jarvis and husband 
Dave are doing well, Dave finishing a Ph.D 
and Margaret in her 2nd year of a psychiatry 
residency. She sees Sarah Babcock while 
horseback riding. Libby Glenn Fisher was 
married to Charlie Fisher in 6/90 There were 
several SBCers at the wedding: Toni Lu- 
posello, Mason Bennett, Marion Wahl- 
gren '84. After a trip to Barbados, they 
returned to Memphis where Libby is a finan- 
cial analyst and Charlie works for Proctor and 
Gamble Lea Sparks Bennett has a baby 
daughter Mary MacAllister Bennett, born 12/ 
89. Lea went back to work as assistant man- 
ager at Laura Ashley Mother & Child (imag- 
ine HER closet!) She keep up with SBCers in 
Charlotte Anne Little Woolley and Kaky 
Connors Cassada 8/ Mason Bennett 
Rummel has 2 little ones at home: Bennett (2 
1/2) and Annie (1 1/2). Mason works full-time 
at the Brown Foundation as grants manager. 
Rick is still at Johnson & Johnson. 

Julia Bass Randall lives in Hingham, 
MA with her husband Jim. In June, there was 
a 'mini reunion' at her house when several 
SBCers came up tor Peggy White's wedding 
in Rl Betsey Birkhead Click, Lizanne 
Schumacher Quinn and Amy Seden 
Leger Sharon Pryor was also there with her 
son Nathanial Stephanie Franz Snyder 
enjoys staying at home with son Russell, born 
2/90 Miriam Baker Morris enjoys staying 
at home and teaching her Claiborne, 2. They 
are working on logarithms! Miriam expects her 
2nd child in May. She saw Mimi KItchel De- 
Camp in July when Mimi gave birth to Wil- 
liam. Terri Ruth Holz and her husband 
George are in Union, NJ. Their son William is 
1 1/2 Terri also expects a baby in May. Mich- 
elle McSwain Williams and David are re- 
decorating. She joined a law firm 4/90 Karen 
Pyne McCalla is at home with her daughter 
Chelsea AND 2 dogs and 2 cats Jewett 
Winn Rothschild and husband Alan are in 
Columbus, GA. They had a baby boy, Alan III, 
in Sept. 

Leslie Wright Root sends a BIG hello 



from Dallas. She is busy with her job as an 
executive recruiter and her family. Wylie 
Jameson was married in June to Stuart 
Small. There were several SBCers there (in- 
cluding myself) - Alice Cutting Laimbeer, 
Anne Little Woolley, Bridget O'Reilly 
Holmes and Lucy Chapman Millar. Lucy 
and her husband Ken gave Wylie a Jack 
Russell Terrier as a wedding gift. Wylie teaches 
h.s. English in Pittsford and loves married life! 
Sarah Sutton Brophy and husband Michael 
had a boy, Taylor, bom 2/90. Sarah is still a 
lull-time assistant director ot the Concord Mu- 
seum. Blair Clark Smith expects baby #3 in 
Jan Her 2 daughters keep her and Steve busy! 
Leslie Malone Bergerand Kevin LOVE CA! 
Leslie works at the Univ of the Pacific Law 
School Lizzie Pierpoint Kerrison is in 
Charleston, SC Her husband Bo linished his 
MBA. They expect their 1st child in March and 
bought a house. 

Elizabeth Taylor practices in energy 
law in Washington, DC. Elizabeth saw Percy 
Grant at a recent Sweet Briar alumnae meet- 
ing. Percy is in second year at the Va. Semi- 
nary. Elizabeth teaches grades 1 and 2 Sunday 
School in Georgetown Sandy Ahern 
Simmons and her husband Michael moved 
to Jackson, MS where Michael is at MS School 
ol Law. Sandy is assistant to the EVP of Mar- 
keting and Operations and volunteers with 
abused children Mimi KItchel Decamp 
had a son, William, in July She saw a lot of 
the SBC gang at Elizabeth Cahill's ('84) 
wedding in Washington Lizanne Schuma- 
cher Quinn and Warren are still in Atlanta. 
Warren is at Emory Law School. Lizanne's 
daughter Emma is 2 1/2. Kathy Barrett man- 
ages 2 retail stores tor IRRESISTIBLES in Rich- 
mond LeeAnne MacKenzie Chaskes 
expects another child in Feb. She and Robert 
enjoy Centerville and William (2 1/2). 

Laura Murphy Jennings, her husband 
Patrick and son William moved back east' from 
San Diego to Bethesda, MD Patrick is at the 
Justice Dept. and Laura is doing her Masters 
of Law in Labor. Rexanne Baker still wants 
to change careers from wallcoverings. She 
misses all her old friends! Ellen Chaney is 
a financial analyst at Advanced Technology in 
Alexandria, VA. She also chairs the Marketing 
Research Committee for the Jr. League. Kit 
Gibson works tor Chemical Bank in NYC. Kit 
was also at Libby Glenn Fisher's wedding 
where she saw Suzy Ireland Dupree and 
Eleanor Bibb. Ruth Lewin works for a fine 
linen store in FL and takes a home study 
course for the Gemological Institute of 
America. She hopes to be certified in the 
spring Ruth heard from Susan Jefferson 
Porritt and Carol Hadley Molnar who are 
both doing well Alice Cutting Laimbeer s 
son Parker turned 1 in Aug. Alice manages a 
travel agency in Middleberg, VA. She and Rick 
work with their horses and renovate their 
home They traveled to Nantucket, the Cape, 
VT. Ireland and Wl - WOWi 

Elise Wright Wood recently visited 
Sweet Briar. Richard is a partner at the law firm 
in Miami Betsy Birkhead Click loves 
Hilton Head - she's lived there 7 years! She is 
office manager/sales assistant for the real es- 
tate division of Robert Brown & Co. Ellen 



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McNeally's job takes her to Toronto, among 
other places, Stie installs comprehensive Hos- 
pital Information systems for MSA, Suzy Ire- 
land Dupree and Ric are slill in Lexington, 
KY Barb Paulson Goodbarn and Steve 
expect a child in March, They enjoy Denver, 
Barb is a business analyst with AMS and tu- 
tors illiterate adults lor the Jr, League, Bar- 
bara Miraldl Devine was married 12/89 to 
her h.s, sweetheart, Edward Devine, now an at- 
torney in Nyack, NY. They live in New City, NY 
and expect a child 12/90. Barbara copyedits 
at Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia. 

Mary Watt Messer is busy with work, 
house, boat and Lab puppy! She is a Construc- 
tion Loan Officer with Investors Savings Bank 
in Richmond. Biane Bawley is an Account 
Development Marketing Rep for IBM, working 
permanently with IRS accounts. She is redeco- 
rating a new house. Her newest family mem- 
ber is a black and white kitten. Leslie Horner 
is director of fundraising for the Multiple Scle- 
rosis Society in Baltimore, MD. She occasion- 
ally sees Barbie Esham Hart. Gigi Harsh 
has fun in Washington, DC and went to a 
Redskins game in Sept. Gigi enjoyed meeting 
Sweet Briar's new president at the alumnae 
party at the Willard Hotel. Nina Pastuhov 
moved to FL from MA. She is living in Pom- 
pano Beach, jobhunting. Her old Sweet Briar 
roommate, Becky Reeves Alley has been 
very helpful. Gretchen Wulster Millar lives 
in NYC with her husband John and they will 
eventually move to London where John will 
work for Merrill Lynch. They had a daughter, 
Cameron Blair Millar, 1/90. 

Carol Hadley Boswell and her hus- 
band Greg are in Dayton, OH. Carol is in the 
brokerage business and Greg in retail sales. 
Mary Pope Waring is 'settling in' to mar- 
ried life with Charles. She is a political appoin- 
tee, a Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador 
to Kenya. Charles is an independent consult- 
ant and exporter. They completed the 1st of 3 
years in Nairobi. They go on safari freguently 
on weekends and enjoy the wildlife. Bridget 
O'Reilly Holmes is 'still in NYC - struggling 
to survive this bear market'. She and John 
spent 2 weeks in Italy. Bridget says it was a true 
test of her Art History memory! Amy Boyce 
Osaki bought a home in Portland, OR, Amy 
is in touch with Oesiree Bouchat who is still 
in NYC, She says Elena Quevedo will be 
married in Quito, Ecuador 12/90. Kathryn 
Robison Daveyand Drew live in Rochester, 
NY. They traveled a lot this year and had their 
2nd baby, Elizabeth in April. Laura, will be 3 
in Oct. 

Sharon Johnson Clark was married in 
Aug. to Jack Clark in Herndon, VA. Beverly 
Blakemore '84 was maid of honor, Sharon 
is a staff assistant to the Data Support Dept, 
for MCI Telecommunications. She directs a 
youth choir and teaches Sunday School at 
Herndon United Pentecostal Church. Lucy 
Chapman Millar and Ken had their 1 si child, 
Peyton Randolph Millar, in May. Lucy finds 
Dallas HOT, but enjoys getting back to riding. 
Amy Painter Hur and her husband Russell 
had a daughter, Laura Trimble Hur, in OcL Amy 
'retired' from banking for the birth, Wendy 
Chapman Albert and her husband Tolly 
enjoy fixing up their country house. Wendy is 



a residential realtor in MD. She is in touch with 
Meg Price Bruno who has 2 little boys and 
lives in Rye, NY. Anne Little Woolley and 

her husband Doug had a daughter, Sarah 
Manning Woolley, in Oct. Ellen Howard 
transferred from law school in Birmingham, AL 
to W&L Law School. She stopped by the alum- 
nae office to look up friends' addresses in 
Paris, where she spent her summer. 

Hanna Davis Emig was in the US for a 
month's vacation with her husband Markus. 
They visited Pam Dickens Sellars in Wash- 
ington, DC and Martha Riggs Lowry in 
Winston-Salem, NC. They spent 3 days at 
Sweet Briar catching up with professors! They 
had lived in Kuwait until 1988 and now live in 
Bonn, Germany. Carolyn Hall was married 
in March to Joseph Ringhoffer. Carolyn is a 
resident in obstetrics and gynecology in AL - 
their wedding was in Spanish! Rebecca 
Campbell Moraveck and her husband Bob 
are fine. Rebecca works in Hicksville, NY for 
Computerized Marketing Technologies, Mary 
Ware Gibson teaches 1 st grade in Galveston, 
TX. Brian is near the end of his residency and 
they will probably move to Indianapolis 6/91. 
Aime Lisner Kaiser moved to Short Hills, 
NJ from Manhattan. She and her husband Ni- 
cholas enjoy suburban life - Amie is active in 
the Jr. League Thrift Shop. Jennifer Barr 
Whaley was married in Oct. to John Henry 
Whaley in Kansas City. Jennifer is a reporter 
in NY for an electronic financial news service. 
Sally Archibald moved to 'the country' as 
she calls it. Most call it CT! She attends obe- 
dience classes with a new golden retriever- 
hmmmmmmm. Thank you all again for 
responding — until next fall! 



1984 



President: Elizabeth Cahill Sherman 
Secretary: Vicky McCullough 
Fund Agent: Penny Parker Hartline 

Holly Pflug Allport, a paralegal in Or- 
lando, married husband Peter in Feb, Wendy 
Birtcher Anderson loves being a "full-time 
mom" to Amy Catharine, The Andersons live 
in Laguna Nighel, CA. Betsy Becton works 
at the Marriott in Washington, D.C. and is ac- 
tive in Jr. League. She was a bridesmaid in 
Cheri Burritt Yates' wedding, where she saw 
Cathy Toomey Gregory and other SBC ers 
Dawn Renzy Bellinger loves being a full- 
time mother to Catharine (1 ), Dawn and John 
are married 7 years. Colleen Kuebel 
Berthelot and husband Jackie enjoy Colin 
(2) in New Orleans. In Washington, D.C. Lili 
Gillespie Billings is mother of Marjie (2) 
and Jeb (1). Lili sees lots of SBC alumnae, 
including Louise Jones Geddes. Lili says 
that Heather Willson Freeman and hus- 
band David are in NY and that Elizabeth Ca- 
hill married Jack Sharman 9/90. 

Elizabeth Cahill Sharman is an asso- 
ciate in the Capital Services Group at Barnes, 
Morris & Pardee and enjoys "marital bliss" 
with Jack after a honeymoon in Portugal, Ann 
Reisner Baker works at WSOI, Inc. in CT, 



and rides on weekends. She's an instructor at 
Stepping Stone Farm. Ann sees Sarah Babcock 
83 and Teri Dernec. Elizabeth Rogers 
Boyd passed the MN Bar Exam and is a prac- 
ticing attorney in St. Paul. She and husband 
Tom bought their 1st home and added a bas- 
set hound puppy. Elizabeth Sprague 
Brandt writes that '90 brought them a baby 
girl, Elizabeth Hundley (Betsy) and a new home 
in Kansas City. Ann Butler, ready to send 
daughter Emily Jane to nursery school, is fin- 
ishing a master's at Univ. of Pittsburgh and 
starting another at Carnegie-Mellon. 

Helen Pruitt Butler and husband Herb 
are remodeling a new home in Charleston. Son 
Herb (3) is at Montessori School. Helen is an 
administrative assistant at Charles Webb Eas- 
ter Seal Center. Liz Boyer Caldwell and 
husband Daniel expect baby #1 in Feb. Liz will 
work at home in desktop publishing. She sees 
Elise Wright Wood '83 and visited with Helen 
Pruitt Butler and Elizabeth Harley Wil- 
lett. Robin Cannizarro graduated from vet- 
erinary school in May. She's in Gainesville, FL 
and is looking for Ann Reisner Baker, 
Michelle Schener Castor married Andrew 
last year in Palm Coast, FL. Lynne Largey 
Goldfarb, Mary Trotman Lundy.and An- 
nette Allgulander were at the wedding. 
Michelle and Andrew live in San Antonio, 
where she's asst. personnel mgr. at Saks Fifth 
Avenue and he's an FBI agent. The war threw 
Suzanne Stovall Clarke a curve Husband 
Richard was deployed to Saudi Arabia. 
Suzanne moved to Nashville and looks fonward 
to moving soon to Washington D.C. Keli 
Colby graduated from law school and works 
at Rees, Boone & Dior in VA. She's riding and 
living in Middleburg. Claudia Ross 
Calhoun works at Wake Forest and freelances 
as a historical researcher. 

Stephanie Alford Colletts husband 
Michael was promoted and transferred to At- 
lanta; there's a baby on the way (due July); and 
Stephanie's landscaping a new home and 
working in Atlanta at William M. Mercer, Inc. 
Gigi Collins and husband are looking for a 
new home in NY. Gigi enjoys more time now 
that her MBA is finished. She's in her 7lh year 
at Bankers Trust. Diana Crandall is a Cus- 
tomer Service Rep. at Information Builders, 
Inc. in Washington D.C. She is still in her 
condo in Old Town. She met President Bush 
at a luncheon she was catering. Jennifer 
Dodge Ditt and husband Jack had a 2nd 
daughter, Olivia Margaret. Cassandra is 4. 
Jennifer is vice president of the Tri-State Dres- 
sage Society in Shreveport. Peg Twohy 
DeVan is with Capital Concrete in Virginia 
Beach. She and husband Bob are building a 
new home there. Ann Evans is in ME, plan- 
ning her wedding. 

Tricia Dolph Fallon and husband 
Michael are redecorating their home in 
Beverly, MA. Tricia is at Brown Brothers 
Harriman & Co. in Boston. She saw Katie 
Hoffner and heard from Erika Dorr 
Marshall, who's in Hilton Head. Sue Croker 
Fisher and husband Brian had a 1 st anniver- 
sary. They are remodeling a farm outside 
Lynchburg. Sue is in customer relations at J. 
Crew. Lisa Fricano is back from an Eastern 
Europe excursion. She's a property manager 



in Washington D.C, part-owner of a downtown 
office building and runs a real estate invest- 
ment corporation. Margaret Dempsey 
Fritsch is doing a Ph.D. in Psychology. She 
and Robert had a 4th anniversary. Margaret 
and Holly Pflug Allport were in Susan 
Dickenson Lindner's wedding. ..then she 
and Susan were in Holly's wedding! Debbie 
Blair Forrey and husband John live in Glen 
Rock, NJ with sons Alex and Jimmy. Debbie 
is a fitness instructor and volunteers at the 
YWCA. Newell Hamlin (Lisa Schneider) acts 
in NY after a summer of travel in Europe. She 
lunched with Oliver Slone and William DeFoe. 
She was in Sharon Ingham Brown's wed- 
ding in Tampa, FL, Sharon and Joel married 
in Feb, He is a Tampa lawyer, Sharon is at 
Chubb Insurance. Suzie Harbold loves Char- 
lotte Elizabeth Yeager Herreid and hus- 
band Bob work with Andersen Consulting in 
Australia. After a year they feel like real 
Aussies"! Elizabeth Davis Hicks is listed 
in the 1989-90 "Who's Who" for executives. 
Work and the Jr. League keep her busy. She 
sees Mary Williams and Lisa Etz '86. Also 
in this year's "Who's Who", look for Betsie 
Hicks-Zadeh, Her store thrives. Husband 
Frank expanded his restaurant into a whole- 
sale pastry business. Betsy and Frank plan a 
month in Australia. Sister Mary Leanne, 
SND (Lee Hubbard) teaches in Thousand 
Oaks, CA. She took her vows in '88 as a Sister 
of Notre Dame. Juliet Jacobsen in Wash- 
ington D.C. plans a move and a return to the 
classroom. She'll work on her masters, prob- 
ably in NC. Cheryl Keeney took a trip to 
Brazil after finishing her masters in education. 
Elizabeth teaches 2nd grade Haitian children 
in NJ Marguerite Kramer Kircher is a 
stockbroker with Shields & Co. in Locust Val- 
ley, NY, In spare time, she's an aerobics 
instructor. 

Jean Coggeshall Lavespere is mom 
to Michael Rabern, Jr. (Bern), 4, and Brooks 
Coggeshall, 3. Husband Mike started a busi- 
ness in Florence, SO called Cable Teleguide, 
Inc. Virginia Lynch is an assistant vice presi- 
dent at the Atlanta Corporate Banking Office of 
The Mitsubishi Bank, Ltd. She writes that Ann 
Dalzell Perry and Kendyle Sievers are 
fine. Erika Dorr Marshall and husband 
Bobby expect a baby in Aug. She saw Cheri 
Burritt Yates at Thanksgiving and Eliza- 
beth Harley Willett at Christmas Cathy 
Cash Mays and husband Neal had a baby 
boy, Jason Van, 3/18. Cathy was promoted to 
Director of the Annual Fund at SBC. Kathar- 
ine Beck Menefee and husband Chris are 
parents of Nicholas (3) and a new baby girl 
Alexis House (Lexie). All 4 enjoy Atlanta. 
Kathryn Marion and husband Mark Meyer 
are in Gaithersburg, MD. Kathryn loves run- 
ning her own business. She says that Vale- 
rie Kernohan Sharpstone volunteers and 
designs bridal veils in Princeton. Sloan 
Yeadon Mills, a naval reservist, got the call 
to duty in Operation Desert Storm in Dec, 

Martha Weimer O'Brien married J. 
Thomas, an attorney in Richmond. Martha 
teaches English at Huguenot Academy in 
Powhatan. Mary Howard Patterson has a 
new job as a caseworker for the GA Dept. of 
Family and Children's Services. She enjoys 



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Savannah. Alicia Fairris Petrone is mother 
to 2, Hannah Elizabeth (born Oct.) and Avery, 
4 She says that Kirsten Void Larson is 

happy in Chicago and that Lisa Burwell 
Reichard has a baby boy, Andrew Burwell 
Lisa loves motherhood. She and husband 
Glenn bought a "lixer-upper" in MD and are 
renovating Lisaworl<s lor her husband's fram- 
ing shop and art gallery. Shannon Young 
Ray, an accountant, chairs an arts organiza- 
tion and a canned food drive in TX Husband 
Breck and their son (3) are well. Caroline 
Reece, in CT, runs the Ridge Eguestrian 
Center's lesson and showing programs Patsy 
Roby enjoys being back in CO Patsy works 
for the Denver Art Museum, the IVIuseum of 
Natural History, the Zoo and Botanical Gar- 
dens. She finds time for part-time work at 
Victoria's Secret and for skiing 

Teri Baidus Regeleyand husband Ned 
are parents of Katheryn Lynn, born in Nov. Teri 
and Ned are also owners ot a new home in 
Charleston, SC. Laurel Scott was promoted 
to asst. editor at SPUR IVIagazine in Middle- 
burg, VA. She lives near Warrenton and plans 
to breed her thoroughbred mare. She also 
steeplechased lor The Washington Post. 
Janet Lewis Sheplierd and husband Jon 
have a new home in Atlanta. Janet was ac- 
cepted into the American Society of Interior 
Design and works part-time with a design firm 
while setting up her own business Janet plays 
tennis with Wynn Henderson '83 and sees 
Elizabeth Hariey Willett Penny Parker 
Hartllne and other SBC ers Staci Skufica 
works for Post Properties in FL. She travels a 
lot in her |ob, including frequent trips to At- 
lanta and a trip to KY Annie Kelly Smith 
enioys time at home in WA with Chelsea (5) 
and Rose (2). She's in a book discussion 
group and reads 1 a month. ..says it's harder 
than it may sound! 

Tracy Giaves Spalding and husband 
Randy both work on MBAs in Denver They 
enjoy hiking and plan a trip to New England. 
She's doing accounting, taking care of em- 
ployee benefits, general administration and 
learning property management. Jocelyn 
Brine Spelker and husband Mark moved 
into their new home in Chatham, NJ. Their lirst 
baby is due Sept. Jocelyn is in the Develop- 
ment Office at Kent Place School. She is in 
touch with Sandy Bernard Wyllie '86 and 
Debbie Walz Galther. Virginia Spigener 
renovated an old general store in Flat Rock, NO 
and opened an English gardening and gift 
shop called The Wrinkled Egg She plans an 
April wedding to Starr Teel Chris Svoboda 
is Director of Development lor Dutf-Medavoy 
Productions in Bel Air, CA. She welcomes the 
chance to produce some feature films. She's 
heading back to Richmond this spring to get 
married! 

Elizabeth Proctor Vaiega and hus- 
band Tom live on Capitol Hill. Elizabeth is 
Deputy Director of Women's Business Own- 
ership at the US. Small Business Administra- 
tion. She sees Molly Hanley '85 and Cindy 
Pierce. Barbara Vaught Ward and hus 
band David had a 6th anniversary in Charles- 
ton, SC. She is an accountant at Unisun 
Insurance Co., training to be an auditor. Bar- 
bara is in touch with Suzanne Weaver Zimmer 



'85 In Roanoke, VA Wendy Hyiand Warren 

and husband Stephen had a baby, Elizabeth 
Roberts, born in Nov. Wendy loves being a 
full-time mom Elizabeth Hariey Willett 

and husband Chris en|oy a new home - and 
new puppy - in Atlanta. Elizabeth is a manager 
at Scalamandre. She also runs her own design 
firm with clients in Atlanta and Nashville. 
Karen Williams is an attorney al the White 
House. The crisis in the gulf kept her busy, but 
she found time for SBC activities in Washing- 
Ion, DC. Karen saw Elizabeth Kelly Ravitz '85 
over 7/4 Camille Mitchell Wingate is a 
buyer for Men's Polo at Macy's/Bullock's in 
Atlanta. Husband Frank is at Bank South. 
Camille visited Louise Jones Geddes in 
London last Oct Cheri Burritt Yates mar- 
ried Jonathan and moved to Charleston, SC. 
She travels a lot in her job lor a DC -based 
hotel management company. 

I still report the news, now at WBRC-TV 
(ABC) in Birmingham, AL. Tune in lo Chan- 
nel 6 if you pass through! I look forward to 
hearing from everyone next Jan. So many 
didn't write this time., maybe next issue'' 



1987 



President: Junie Speight 
Secretary: Bliss Simmons 
Fund Agent: IVIaggie Fogarty 



1988 



President: Ellyn Palermo 
Secretary: Tracy Tigerman 
Fund Agent: Amy Gould 

Allie Alden starts a master's degree in 
education in Jan. She went in summer to S. 
Africa and England Paige Apple lives and 
works in Atlanta Jennifer Bach finished her 
M.Ed and moved back to New Orleans She 
leaches 6-8 grade at St Georges School. Kim- 
berly Belcher married Joseph Jerome 
Harvey 6/16/90 in Durham, NC. Elizabeth 
Belser is at Macy's in Washington, DC. 
Whitney Bolt is pursuing her DVM. 
Susanna Broaddus is finishing first year of 
law at William and Mary Kelly Brown mar- 
ried Geoffrey Varga in Oct Michelle Lenane '89 
came from Germany to be in the wedding Kelly 
and Geoff are parents of a Bernese Mountain 
Dog. Kelly is still in advertising. Kate Cole 
Kite and husband. Tucker moved to Mission 
Viejo in CA. Kate works in the accounting dept 
ot a local school district She applied to grad 
school. Lee Ann Conard finished pharmacy 
school and is in med school in Kansas City. 
She worked with the Indian Health Service in 
Santa Fe, NM over Christmas Leslie Cor- 
rado, still in NY, works on her MFA in pho- 
tography Jennifer Crawley still lights the 
banking battle while praying for her brother, 
who was sent to Saudi Arabia. She should 
graduate in '91 

Katherine (Lisa) Dalehite started a 



Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics at UT Austin. On 6/2/ 
90, Lisa and Johannes were married in Aus- 
tin, TX at the U. United Methodist Church 
They honeymooned in Costa Rica. Lisa now 
works with Asoma Instruments in Austin. She 
plans to resume studies later Christine 
Diver Ans and husband Matt had a baby, 8/ 
21/90, Alexsanders Brian. Matt was deployed 
to the Persian Gulf, so Christine and Aleks will 
stay in Naples for a while. Mala Free 
Jalenak enjoys being museum curator at the 
LA Arts and Science Center She and husband. 
Jay bought a new house Denton Freeman 
works for the Health Dept in Richmond and 
lives with Alex Ritter. Natalie Garland is fin- 
ishing law school at Fl Stale U. She was of- 
fered an associate's position at the firm where 
she clerked this year. She can continue in her 
favorite area: Environmental Law. Alter gradu- 
ation, she will study for the bar exam in July 
and clerk part time. 

Amy Gould spent Christmas and New 
Years on the M/S Seaward. She is still second 
purser and passenger services coordinator. 
Gary Grant was married in New Vernon 12/ 
1 6/90 to John Gallagher Gary is a customer 
service rep for Chicago Title Company in 
Boston. After a trip to London, Paris and Vi- 
enna, they settled in Brighton, MA. Heather 
Gregory Skeens and husband Ed had a baby 
girl, McKensey Leigh Skeens, 1/2/91. Mary 
Halliday Shaw and husband Brad work in 
NYC Stephanie Dee Harden sees lots of 
SBCers. She is at Chanel Btg.; hopes to move 
to Paris in the fall Augusta Harrison Dien- 
stan will move east in May to Charlottesville 
She works in home decoration and models 
with the Brand agency. Lisa Hildebrandt 
teaches with Head Start, a state pre-school 
program for poor children She voluntarily 
teaches horseback riding at the Presbyterian 
Home in Lynchburg. She is still Resident Co- 
ordinator at Sweet Briar Marjorie Holthaus 
married Bob Tomaso. They live in St. Louis. 
She is a merchandiser with Edison Brothers 
Stores, Inc. 

Kathryn Ingram, in Wilmington. DE. is 
a Trust Officer's assistant at Wilmington Trust. 
Minta Jones, in Memphis, TN, is the asst. 
marketing director for Poag and McEwen, a 
marketing and p.r. firm Minta went to CA and 
CO in '90. Katie Keogh married Geort 
Snelling 12/15/90. They live in N DE She is 
in touch with Kate Cole Hite in CA. Denise 
Landau married Frederick Blind IV on 10/29/ 
90. Julie Martin Collins was matron of honor 
and Cameron Cox was a bridesmaid The 
couple honeymooned in HI, bought a house 
and are still in the family tire business Julie 
Martin Collins got a big promotion as a sys- 
tems analyst for AR Power Company. Louise 
Gilliam McGready was married 4/1 4/90 to 
Arthur L McGrady. Kem McCoid, Brooke 
Rinehart, and Anne R. Fiery '87 were brides- 
maids. Louise and Arthur live in Charlottes- 
ville. She is a real estate paralegal and sees 
SBCers often Kem McCoid lives in 
RosemonI, PA wilh Lee Carroll and Kate Ri- 
chardson '89. Kem is assistant to the president 
of an investment management firm. Lori 
McGee is a Special Agent U.S. Secret Service 
She married Lt William L. Lawler 9/16/90 
They plan to live in Whidbey Island, WA 



Kelly Meredith, a marketing assistant 
lor BNA Software, works on her MBA at George 
Washington U. and got engaged to John la- 
cobelli. Kelly plans to move to Cleveland soon. 
Ellyn Palermo has one more year in med. 
school, then plans to do her residency in in- 
ternal medicine or surgery in VA. Pam 
Pargellis was a volunteer tour guide at the 
New Swedish Farmstead Museum last sum- 
mer She worked at a Greek restaurant and was 
a cashier at the largest papen^eighf shop on 
the east coast. Kristen Petersen married 
Alfred Magill Randolph, Jr 7/14/90. Kristen 
is with Price Waterhouse in Norfolk, VA. 
Grace Quirk plans to marry Jeffrey Thomp- 
son and move to Kansas City. She is an ex- 
ecutive associate lor the Methodist Hospital 
System in Houston. Catherine D. Reeve 
traveled to the Netherlands, Austria, France, 
Italy. Germany and England where she lived for 
6 months. In England, she bartended and 
worked in a bridal shop. Back in the U.S.. she 
received her certificate as a travel agent and 
does temporary work in Raleigh. NC. 
Susanna Reed linished her master's and 
teaching certification in Early Childhood Edu- 
cation and teaches 2nd grade in Birmingham. 

Cindy Rhoades planned a trip to Thai- 
land Brooke Rinehart, now at UVA part- 
time, plans to study accounting full-time. Alex 
Ritter studies graphic design at VCU in Rich- 
mond. She lives with Denton Freemon Polly 
Sattler is getting her masters in Environmen- 
tal and Resource Policy at George Washing- 
ton U. Elsa Scagel married Lt. Charlie 
Conway (W&L '87) 6/9/90 in Portsmouth, NH. 
They moved to DC, where Charlie is in intel- 
ligence for the Justice Dept. Heather Shettle 
graduated from Law School in Dec. She took 
her Bar Exam in Feb. She will start at the law 
tirm ol Kahn and Collins. PA in March. She 
lives with Brooke Larson '89 in Georgetown. 
Paige Shiller received her master's in Mass 
Communication, with an emphasis in journal- 
ism, from the U. of GA 6/90 Now she is Pub- 
lic Affairs Coordinator at the Environmental 
Law Institute in Washington, DC She sees 
many SBCers. Stacey Sickles started a |ob 
in convention planning for the American 
Banker's Association. For the last 2 years. 
Stacey was Chairperson for the Phoenix Foun- 
dation helping DC children stay in school. 

Lisa Thompson is at Stetson U. College 
ol Law in St. Petersburg. FL. She graduated 
last summer with her law degree from the U 
ol Edinburgh. Stephanie Wilt is on Long 
Island pursuing her MA in Art History and 
Criticism at S.U.N Y. Stony Brook. She sees 
Brooke Haw '89. Trish Winkler was pro- 
moted to asst. personnel manager for the Inn 
at Spanish Bay. She won the "Corporate Em- 
ployee of the Year" award and will go to HI. 
Eden Zuckerman lives in Melbourne. FL 
and works on her doctorate in clinical Psychol- 
ogy at FL Tech. She has 3 more years. 

As for me, Danny and I plan to be mar- 
ried at the Sweel Briar Chapel 7/27/91 The 
maid ol honor will be Sharon Bitter '89 The 
bridesmaids will be Ellyn Palermo, Kelly 
Meredith, Jennifer Crawley, and Heather Gre- 
gory Skeens. I moved to Rustburg and substi- 
tute teach in the Campbell County Public 
School system. 



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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



THE SWEET BRIAR TRADITION 



Helen Murchison 

Lane '46: 

Tlie Spirit Of Giving 

"When Ed and I had been married 
about 30 years, we took a personality 
test, the Myers-Briggs test, just for fun 
to see how compatible we were. We 
filled in the forms, mailed them off, and 
the test results came back a few weeks 
later telling us that we absolutely should 
not get married! However, the report did 
go on to say that if we did get married, 
and if the marriage should somehow 
manage to last, it would be a surpris- 
ingly strong one." 

Sitting in the lounge of the Elston 
Inn, Helen Murchison Lane relates this 
story as a humorous aside while 
discussing the planned giving arrange- 
ments she and her husband, Edward W. 
Lane, Jr., are making for Sweet Briar. 
Though everyone laughs, the test 
results are remarkably accurate. The 
truth is that Helen has been creating 
"surprisingly strong" and lasting 
relationships both inside and outside of 
her marriage for many, many years. 

Her ties with Jacksonville reveal a 
lifetime of service and achievement 
Dozens of organizations — the Cummer 
Gallery of Art, the Symphony, the Arts 
Assembly, the Junior League, the 
Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, 
Channel 7, SL Johns River City Band, 
Bartram School, Acacia Garden Club, 
and the Landmarks Commission — all 
have benefited from her commitment to 
the civic and cultural life of the community. 
And the same holds true for Sweet Briar. 

While at Sweet Briar, Helen 
Murchison was a member of the 
Advisory Council, chairman of the Social 
Committee and a member of the May 
Court Since that time she has served 
the College in a number of capacities. 
She has been the president of the Sweet 
Briar Club of Jacksonville, served on the 
executive board of the Alumnae Associa- 




While diligently seeking funds to name the remaining rooms at the Elston Inn, Helen Murchison Lane '46 was 
presented with a surprise birthday gift: a room of her own. Named in honor of Helen and her husband, Edward 
W. Lane, Jr., the room was given by their children Edward III, Palmer 73, Anna and Chariie. The gift was 
certainly a fitting tribute to an alumna who has always felt so at home at Sweet Briar. In addition, Helen and her 
sister, Margaret '50, have named a room in honor of their parents. 



tion and participated in the College's 
Strategic Planning efforts. She currentiy 
serves on the Board of Directors. 

Helen attributes her volunteerism to 
her parents and to her years at Sweet 
Briar. "Both Ed and I had a spirit of 
giving instilled in us by our parents," she 
explains, "but Sweet Briar nurtures that 
spirit also. The College taught me how 
important and how rewarding it is to 
give of yourself, to get out there and do 
the best you can. 

"As someone said, 'In the end, all you 
really have is what you give away.' Not 
that you can always give as much as 
you'd like, but giving is such fun — 
especially if you have an appealing place 
like Sweet Briar College to give to. 

"When our children were growing up, 
I contributed just a modest amount to 
the College annually. But now that they're 
all setded and off to a good solid start I 
seem to have more time for other 
things. One thing I have done is take out 
a life insurance policy making Sweet 
Briar the beneficiary. 

"Estate planning is really an ongoing 



process. As, your family grows, as the 
tax laws change, when grandchildren 
start appearing or retirement comes 
around, you really need to sit down with 
a financial advisor and reevaluate your 
plans and provisions for the future. 

"Right now, Ed and I are exploring a 
variety of planned giving arrangements 
that will provide for Sweet Briar whUe 
benefiting our children — both income 
and tax-wise — at the same time. I'm 
very excited about it for two reasons. 
One, I would prefer not to involve my 
family in carrying out my charitable gifts 
after I die. And two, I want to experience 
the joy of doing this myself, now, with 
the full approval and support of my 
husband and children." 

In many cases, planned giving arrange- 
ments enable donors to make significant 
charitable contributions to Sweet Briar in a 
manner that maximizes their personal benefits 
while reducing income and/or estate taxes. 
For more information, please write or call 
William H. Meadows III, Vice President fi)r 
College Relations, Box G, Sweet Briar College, 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595, (804) 381-6161. 



Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Council 

September 26-29, 1991 

Please mark these dates on 
your calendar and plan to be at 
Sweet Briar for this important 
meeting. It's a beautiful time of 
year to be on campus. You will 
be a guest of the College and 
your only expenses will be for 
travel. 

Alumnae Council is for all 
alumnae who wish to attend 
and is of special importance for 
Club Presidents, Key Alumnae, 
Alumnae-Admissions 
Representatives, the Planned 
Giving Committee, Class Fund 
Agents, Class Secretaries, 
Reunion Chaimen, Reunion 
Gifts Committees, Networking 
Chairmen, members of the 
Board of the Alumnae 
Association, members of the 
Board of Directors, Alumnae 
Career Advisory Board and the 
Senior Class President. 

A program and reservation form 
will be mailed in late August. If 
you do not receive a form but 
wish to come, please write to 
the Alumnae Office, Sweet 
Briar, VA 24595. 





January 6-18 

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands 

Four nights in Ecuador followed by a Galapagos voyage 
on the 18-passenger trimaran Lammer Law, chartered 
exclusively for Sweet Briar. Tour leader will be David 
Johnson, SBC professor of psychology. 

February 1 7-March 4 

Australia and New Zealand by ship 

Fly to Sydney, embark on cruise on the Island Princess. 
Ports of call include Melbourne, Hobart Tasmania, 
Milford Sound, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, 
Tauranga, Bay of Islands, Auckland. 

Early May 

Grand Tour of France, 14 days 

Highlights the history, art, architecture and cuisine of 3 
historic regions — Givemy/Normandy, the Loire Valley 
(with 4 nights accommodations and gourmet dining in 
private chateaux) and Paris. 

June 

Elbe River Cruise and Berlin, Prague, Vienna, 1 4 days 

Three days in Berlin followed by 4-night cruise on Elbe 
from Magdeburg to Bad Schandau. Ports of call until 
this year largely inaccessible to outside world for almost 
40 years are Wittenburg, Torgau, Meissen, Dresden. 
After the cruise 2 nights in Prague, 3 in Vienna. 

August 

The Soviet Union, 14 days 

Cruise the Oka River from Moscow to Gorky, the city of 
dissident writers and poets closed to outsiders for 
decades. After 3 nights docked in Moscow on the M.S. 
Sergei Esenin, cruise to Kolomna, Ryazan, Kasimov, the 
Vladimir District and the ancient village of Murom. Fly 
from Gorky to Leningrad for 3 nights; finish with 2 nights 
in Berlin. 

October 

China, including a Yangtze River cruise, 17 days 

Fly JAL from Dulles to Tokyo direct One night in Tokyo, 
3 nights in Beijing (visit the Great Wall), 2 nights in Xian 
(see the terra-cotta warriors), 4-night cruise on the 
Yangtze River, 2 nights in Shanghai, 3 nights in Hong 
Kong. 

Tours sponsored by the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. 
Programs and dates are subject to change. 



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SWEET BRIAR 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



FALL 1991 




June 10, 1991 

Dr. Barbara Hill, President 
Sweet Briar College 
Sweet Briar. VA 24595 

Dear Dr Hill, 

Well, graduation weekend was certainly a 
lovely event and I congratulate the college on the 
organization and "flow" of the weekend. It was so 
well done, from the Awards Ceremony in Babcock 
Auditorium, through the baccalaureate service in 
the chapel, to the lovely dinner and brunch in 
Prothro Commons, to the graduation ceremony 
itself in the quadrangle. The somewhat bitter- 
sweet walk of the new graduates through the 
faculty line at the end of the graduation ceremony 
was something that I am sure none of them will 
ever forget and was to me, as an observer of that 
scene, quite a touching experience. What a finale 
to a Sweet Briar career 

As I mentioned to you before, I want to express 
my appreciation to you, as a representative of 
Sweet Briar College as a whole, for the type of 
educational and maturing experience that Mari 
Wells had in her years there. It is such an idyllic 
and wonderful setting in which to study that I am 
sure she will cherish the memories of it forever. 
The low faculty to student ratio and the caring, 
interested professors provide a very nurturing 
learning atmosphere. In this mass production 
world, interest in and help to individual students 
is surely a treasure. As a parent, it was so 
gratifying for me to see Mari Wells grow and 
bloom in the atmosphere of Sweet Briar College. 
She has not only achieved a college education 
with honors but has certainly had a maturing 
and self-image-enhancing experience there as 
well. It took significant resources fi-om me to give 
her this opportunity but I feel that it was very well 
worth it. 

I deeply appreciate and am grateful for the 
kind of experience that she has had and for the 
type of place that Sweet Briar College is, and felt a 
need to express these sentiments to you. I am sure 
there are many parents who feel this way. Keep 
up the great work and maintain the atmosphere! 

All best wishes for a pleasant summer. Thank 
you again. 

Most sincerely, 

Edward McG. Hedgpeth.Jr, M.D. 

Ed. note: Marian Wells Hedgpeth, a Phi Beta Kappa, 
Magna Cum Laude graduate from Durham, NC, 
received the Pauline Roberts Otis Award at 
commencement. Dr. Hedgpeth's letter is shared 
with his permission. 




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Bittersweet inside front cover 

Commencement Honors 2 

Aiumnae Relatives in the Ciass of 1991 3 

In the Spotlight 5 

The Desert, the Copper Baron and the Artist 8 

Winter Forums 1991: The New Germany 10 

Reunion '91: Kaleidoscope 12 

Gifts from the Book Shop 17 

Notices/Recent Deaths 21 

Class Notes 22 

In the Sweet Briar Tradition inside back cover 

College Calendar 1991-92 back cover 

Cover photo by Yorke Bannard: Artist Ann Henderson Bannard '49 (see p. 8) 



Our new Director of the Alumnae Association is Louise Swiecki 
ZIngaro '80. Lool( for her in Winter '92 issue! 



Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine (ISSN 0039-7342). Issued four times 
yearly; fall, winter, spring and summer by Sweet Briar College. Second Class 
postage paid at Sweet Briar, VA 24595 and Lynchburg VA 24506. Printed by 
Progress Printing Co., Lynchburg, VA 24502. Send form 3579 to Sweet Briar 
College, Box E, Sweet Briar, Va 24595. Telephone (804) 381-6131. 



COMMENCEMENT 



HONORS 



The Emilie Watts McVea Scholar 

Ruth Lucille Ewers, Wingina, VA, 
the highest-ranking member of the 
Class of 1991. 
The Penelope Czarra Award 

Rachel Lee Elkins, Amherst, VA. 
This award honors the senior who 
best combines scholastic achieve- 
ment, student leadership and 
effective contributions to the quality 
of life at the College. 
The Connie M. Guion Award 
Carey Attwood Bates, Avon, CT. 
This is given to a senior for her 
excellence as a human being and as 
a member of the College. 
The Walker Family Award 
Sonia Samir Haddad, Zerka, Jordan 
and Heather Corr Service, 
Huntington, NY. This award honors 
a senior with high scholastic 
standing who has a cheerful, 
positive disposition and shows 
warmth, generosity and humility. 

The Maxine Garner Prize 
in Religion 

Michele Denise Williams, 
Baltimore, MD. 

The Lawrence Nelson Award for 
Excellence in English 
Ruth Lucille Ewers, Wingina, VA. 
The Wall Street Journal 
Achievement Award for 
Excellence In Economics 
Shamima Jetha, Ann Arbor, Ml. 
The Leigh Woolverton Prize for 
Excellence in the Visual Arts 
Heather Corr Service, 
Huntington, NY 

The James Lewis Howe Award 
in Chemistry 

Elizabeth Ann Hourihan, 
Potsdam, NY 

L' Alliance Franqaise de 
Lynchburg Award 

Nicole Jacqueline Gauthler, 
Virginia Beach, VA. 

The Shakespeare Prize 

Wendy Elizabeth Pressel, 
New Canaan, CT. 

The Pauline Roberts Otis Award 

Marian Wells Hedgpeth, Durtiam, NC 

The Academy of American Poets 

Ruth Lucille Ewers, Wingina, VA. 

The American Institute of 
Chemists Award 

Wei Tang, Shanghai, China. 



The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor 
Award in History 

Elizabeth Jane Butler, 
Columbus, OH. 

The Anne Gary Pannell Taylor 
Graduate Fellowship in History 

Stephanie Lyon Pratt, 
Falls Church, VA. 

The Lucile Barrow Turner Award 

Ashley Elizabeth Quarrier, 
Birmingham, Ml. 

The Jessica Steinbrenner 
Molloy Award 

Wendy Elizabeth Pressel, 
New Canaan, CT. 

The Juliet Halliburton Burnett 
Davis Award 

Karen Temple Hott, 
Mechanicsville, VA. 



Phi Beta Kappa 1991 

Members elected by the Theta of 
Virginia Chapter from the Class of 
1991: 

Amber Bennett, Madison Heights, VA 
Joan Dabney, Sweet Briar, VA 
Rachel Elkins, Amherst, VA 
Ruth Ewers, Wingina, VA 
Gwen Fisher, Ruckersville, VA 
Sonia Haddad, Zerka, Jordan 
Marian Hedgpeth, Durtiam, NC 
Elizabeth Hourihan, Potsdam, NY 
Kathtyn Johnson, St. Petersburg, FL 
Joette Keaton, Amherst, VA 
Mary Lanford, Lexington, VA 
Keely Lange, Sweet Briar, VA 
Fiona Mackay, South Portland, ME 
Laju Shrestha, Kathmandu, Nepal 
Wei Tang, Shanghai, China 
Suzanne Ziesmann, Sonoma, CA 

Summa Cum Laude 

Amber Dawn Bennett, 
Madison Heights, VA 

Ruth Lucille Ewers, Wingina, VA 

Kathryn Leona Johnson, 
St. Petersburg, FL 

Joette Ramsey Keaton 

Amherst, VA 
Keely Oleva Lange, Sweet Briar, VA 



Magna Cum Laude 

Sarah Michelle Clinton, 

Hagerstown, MD 
Joan Gmelin Dabney, 

Sweet Briar, VA 
Rebecca Michele Doyle, 

Ft. Monroe, VA 
Ann Elizabeth Eberie, Florence, KY 
Rachel Lee Elkins, Amherst, VA 
Shelbie Brooke Filson, Forest, VA 
Gwen Maureen Fisher, 

Ruckersville, VA 
Jennifer Anne Gregg, Medfield, MA 
Sonia Haddad, Zeri<a, Jordan 
Marian Wells Hedgpeth, 

Durtiam, NC 
Elizabeth Ann Hourihan, 

Potsdam, NY 
Shamima Jetha, Ann Arbor, Ml 
Mary Clayton Lanford, Lexington, VA 

Fiona Kerr Mackay, 

South Portland, ME 
Suzanne Janel Petrie, 

Woodbridge, CT 

Wendy Elizabeth Pressel, 
New Canaan, CT 

Lisa Diane Rabasca, Huntington, NY 
Heather Corr Service, 
Huntington, NY 

Laju Shrestha, Kathmandu, Nepal 
Wei Tang, Shanghai, China 
Paige Elizabeth Wright, 

Alexandria, VA 
Suzanne Marie Ziesmann, 

Sonoma, CA 



Cum Laude 

Akiko Aimono, Toyama, Japan 

Patricia Louise Austin, Ariington, VA 

Susan Marie Maddox Barbour, 
Amherst, VA 

Carey Attwood Bates, Avon, CT 

Bizabeth Jane Butler, Columbus. OH 

Victoria Lynn Campo, 

West Chester, PA 
Mary Anne Train Farmer, 

Newnan, GA 

Patience Caldwell Richeson, 

Amherst, VA 
Nandini Sett, Calcutta, India 
Susan Elizabeth Sickels, 

Waterford, CT 
Susan Marie Wright, Toccoa, GA 

The Honors Program 
Class of 1991 

Honors Degree with Highest Honors 
in Anthropology and Psychology 
Amber Dawn Bennett, 
Madsion Heights, VA 
High Honors in Art History 
Ann Elizabeth Eberie, Florence, KY 

Honors in Biology 

Gwen Maureen Fisher, 
Ruckersville, VA 

High Honors in English 

Mary Clayton Lanford, Lexington, VA 

Honors Degree with Highest 

Honors in International Affairs 

Keely Oleva Lange, Sweet Briar, VA 

Highest Honors in Spanish and 

Theatre Arts 

Wendy Elizabeth Pressel, 

New Canaan, CT 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



T 

I kisis my first message as president of Sweet Briar College to a graduating 

JL class. It is an auspicious moment for me and, I hope, for you. 

As I gathered my thoughts for this occasion, I hoped that you would want to 
remember what I was going to say to you, but more important, I wanted you to feel 
the spirit in which I offer my final words to you as students. 

Some would tell me that my role on this occasion is to send you off to the real 
world. But I want you to know that I passionately disagree with that formulation 
of this moment. Never trivialize your experiences at college by implying that they 
are somehow "not real. " Don't assume that only large-scale events and places have 
authenticity. Don't confuse size with reality. 

For I tell you that Sweet Briar College is the real world and you have been real 
in it Here you have had significant engagement with the great issues of selfhood 
and cooperation with others. You have had broad and deep exposure to ideas and 
people. You have dealt with questions of self-identity and self-esteem, and you will 
continue to do so as your life is shaped both by you and by circumstance. 

You have helped in the creation of this functional community, by knowing and 
respecting each other. You have dared to have visions of a way of being that 
sustains both self and others. 

In microcosm you have already done what I hope for you and from you in the 
macrocosm, the larger world that includes Sweet Briar and that is shaped by Sweet 
Briar. I send you with my best wishes to a larger world, not one that is more real. 

As other graduating classes have been told, your college experience not only 
has opened up the world for you, it has made some things impossible for you. You 
have lost any excuse for vanity and self-indulgence. You have sacrificed the naivete 
to believe that success will be in what you do, when it lies in who you are. You no 
longer have the option of neutrality toward your world, but must choose how you 
will live in it. 

So choose and take pride in your choices. You will all have many points of 
choice in your lives. Choose to contribute significantly to your professions and your 
communities. Choose to build loving and sustaining relationships. Choose to 
respect and value your selves as we have valued you here. 

Dear Class of 1991, 1 will miss you on campus. But as you now graduate, I 
heartily welcome you to the company of educated women. 

— President Barbara A. Hill, 1991 Commencement Charge to Seniors 




Sisters Terri Leigh Brocl<well and Slnerri Brockweil '89 




Mary Clayton Lanford and mother Sarah Mann Gay Lanford '49 



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Rachel Elkins with mother, SB Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Judy Elkins, 
and sister Debra Elkins '93 



Mary Anne Train Farmer with sister Hamet Farmer '92 and mother Mary Anne 
Calhoun Farmer '66 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



IN THE SPOTLIGHT 



American Stock Exchange 
Promotes Sarah Boehmler to 
Senior Post 

James R. Jones, chairman of the 
American Stock Exchange, an- 
nounced the promotion of marketing 
executive Sarah Porter Boehmler '65 to 
executive vice president for market devel- 
opment on June 20, 1991. Referring to 
Sarah as "outstanding," and an "excep- 
tional leader," he expressed his pride in 
the contributions she has made to the 
success of the American Stock Exchange 
in recent years. He further stated that she 
continually meets the highest standards 
established for the senior management 
team, strives for excellence and quality in 
all she does, and encourages those same 
characteristics in others in the organiza- 
tion. 

Sarah, the Amex's first female execu- 
tive vice president, reports to the execu- 
tive vice president of external operations. 
Her areas of responsibility include man- 
agement of the marketing efforts for the 
Exchange with accountability for domes- 
tic and international new and existing 
company listings and management of re- 
lationships with the investment banking 
and securities trading communities. 
A marketing senior vice president 



since 1985 and head of 
the Exchange's market- 
ing division since 1990, 
Sarah joined the Amex in 
1973. Previously, she was 
a securities broker with 
the firm of Smilen & 
Safian in NYC, and 
Reynolds Securities in 
Charlotte, NC. She is a 
member of the Invest- 
ment Association of New 
York and a former board 
member of the YWCA of 
the City of New York. 

A Phi Beta Kappa 
graduate, Sarah was a 
religion major/English 
minor. She played varsity 
basketball and was a QV, 
Tau Phi, student govern- 
ment president. May Queen and member 
of AVho's Who Among Students in 
American Colleges and Universities. She 
is a former member of SBC's Board of 
Overseers. Now an Outward Bound enthu- 
siast, she lives in NYC with her husband 
William and their three children. 




marked by contrast- 
ing political styles, 
personalities and cam- 
paign techniques. 

Opponent Stone, 
who sought to por- 
tray Ticer as a weak- 
willed,big-spending 
liberal, relied heavUy 
on contemporary 
campaign tech- 
niques, such as voter 
targeting and televi- 
sion commercials. 

Ticer, who sug- 
gested Stone was an 
opportunist and chal- 
lenged her quali- 
fications, used her 
strong ties to civic 
associations, whose 



Alexandria Elects Ticer Mayor 



Pat Smith Ticer '55, a government major at 
SBC, is the first woman to be elected 
mayor of Alexandria, VA 

members tend to vote in local elections 
when turnout is low. 

Ticer, like her fellow Democrats, gen- 
erally defended the status quo and 
focused on the need to protect the quality 
of life fi-om the encroachment of develop- 
ment 

Excerpted with permission from an ar- 
ticle in the May 8, 1991 Washington Post 
by Pierre Thomas, Staff Writer 




Sarah Boehmler 



Democrat Patiicia S. Ticer, a nine-year 
member of the Alexandria City 
Council who built a loyal constitu- 
ency through a folksy style of civic activ- 
ism, was elected mayor on May 7, 1991, 
defeating Republican challenger Ann 
Stone. 

Ticer, who was the city's vice mayor 
until she automatically succeeded James 
P. Moran, Jr. (D) in January after his elec- 
tion to the 8th District seat in Congress, 
is the first woman to be elected mayor of 
die city of 11,000. 

She leads a council that will continue 
to be dominated by Democrats, although 
Republicans increased their representa- 
tion from one to two in the body, which 
consists of the mayor and six council 
members. 

Her victory capped a campaign 



Age Is No Barrier 
In The Peace Corps 

Some people might categorize the 
Peace Corps as an activity for the 
young, but Braxton Preston doesn't 
think in those terms. In 1984, she decided 
to live and work as a Peace Corps volun- 
teer in a developing Third World country. 
She was stationed in West Africa for al- 
most three years. She was 64 years old. 

"It was a great broadening of the 
mind," says Preston, who received three 
months of training in the capital city of 
Yaounde before heading north to her 
assignment in Cameroon. She was based 
in Ngaoundere, a large town on the grassy 
savannas of north central Cameroon, a 
small nation shaped like a ragged triangle. 



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bordered by the Atiantic 
Ocean and the countries 
of Nigeria, Central 
African Republic, Chad 
and Congo. Her host 
country supplied the 
Newport News [VA] 
resident with housing, 
and the Peace Corps 
paid her a living 
allowance. 

While Preston lived 
in a modem town, she 
worked in rural villages 
around the region. Some 
days she would walk to 
work in a nearby village, 
other days she would be 
at Peace Corps head- 
quarters in Yaounde. 

Trained to be a com- 
munity development 
worker, she helped do 
everything from improv- 
ing available water sup- 
plies and giving hygiene 
lessons to repairing 
school buildings. 

Born and raised in 
Virginia, Preston enjoyed working in Cam- 
eroon so much that she would return to 
the country in a heartbeat if she had the 
money for the trip. "I learned a great deal, 
more than I taught," says Preston. 

A former educational administrator 
with the Educational Testing Service in 
Princeton, NJ, she believes joining the 
Peace Corps is something other retirees 
should definitely consider. She chose not 
to do another Peace Corps tour because 
she realizes she doesn't need to go over- 
seas to help fight problems such as illit- 
eracy or hunger. 

So, she is now a volunteer intake per- 
son with the Living hiterfaith Network 
(LINK), a nonprofit organization that 
seeks to help the city's needy. "We have 
the hungry and homeless here just as bad 
as the Third World countries," says 
Preston, who also volunteers at the 
Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula and 
with a group that sends volunteers to read 
to schoolchildren. 

While she lived in Cameroon, she 
spoke the "survival French" she was 
taught by the Peace Corps. When she re- 
turned to the United States, she began 




Braxton Preston '43 communes witti tier cat, Nona, at her Newport News, 
VA home 

taking the occasional French language or 
literature class at Christopher New^port 
College. Always interested in furthering 
her education, she hasn't lost her love 
of learning and plans to continue her 
studies. 

Excerpted with permission from an ar- 
ticle in the March 28, 1991 Newport News 
Daily Press/TTie Times-Herald, byjanette 
Rodrigues, Staff Writer 

Waste Dreams Turn 
Mainstream 

Almost three years ago, members of 
a Richmond-area task force on 
waste disposal were asked how 
much of the region's garbage they 
thought could be recycled. 

Betty Byrne Ware, who attended the 
meeting as an observer, remembers lis- 
tening with surprise to the replies — 10, 
maybe 15%, they said. When she was 
asked, she said, "25 percent" 

'They looked at me like. That crazy 
female,' " Mrs. Ware recalled with a po- 
lite laugh. Today, [she] wonders wtiy she 
aimed so low. 



In three years, recycling has been 
transformed from an afterthought to a 
priority for local governments in the Rich- 
mond and Petersburg areas. Instead of 
building waste incinerators, they formed 
a regional authority that brought recycling 
to the curbside of almost 197,000 homes. 

Today, recycling 25% is more than a 
wish — if s a state mandate for local gov- 
ernments to meet by the end of 1995. 
Once thought perilously ambitious, the 
goal already is in sight in the Richmond 
region. Instead of an end, some officials 
think 25% marks the beginning of earnest 
recycling efforts here. 

And Mrs. Ware has moved from the 
audience to the table, where she sits as 
one of three Richmond representatives on 
the Central Virginia Waste Management 
Authority. Honored by the authority this 
week as its "model recycler," Mrs. Ware 
has played a pivotal role in the dramatic 
evolution of recycling at the state and 
local levels since the late 1980s. 

[She] moved to the Richmond area in 
1987 from her native Roanoke, where she 
had helped establish a pilot curbside 
recycling program. "I didn't realize it was 




Betty Byrne Gill Ware '55. SBC English major turned 
"Model Recycler" 



SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE 



the first one in the state," she said in an 
interview at her West End home. 

Excerpted with permission from an 
article in the April 20, 1991 Richmond 
News Leader, by Michael Martz, News 
Leader Staff Writer 



Marsha Taylor-Delain: 
Twice Named Outstanding 
Young Woman of America 

Marsha Taylor-Delain brought the 
esoteric subject of educational psy- 
chology to life as a recent partici- 
pant in SBC's Black Alumna Resident 
Program. Last February, she visited 
classes, met with students and gave a pub- 
lic lecture. She had a magnetic presence 
in spite of her slender stature, and with 
her vivacity and quicksilver gestures, held 
the SB community entranced. 

Marsha described her work as a psy- 
chologist with the South Carolina Depart- 
ment of Education. "We are trying to teach 
children how to analyze and evaluate what 
they are told. Tliis kind of thinking, known 
in the trade as "higher order thinking,' is 
what the best teachers and students have 
always engaged in. But we make a con- 
certed effort to help all students compre- 
hend what they read and use this 
knowledge to solve problems. We're get- 
ting away from the 'memorize and regur- 
gitate' syndrome." In recognition of her 
work, she was named an Outstanding 
Young Woman of America in 1988 — her 
second time to win that award. 

Interested in education from a young 
age, Marsha majored in psychology, did 
graduate work at Cornell and earned her 
Ph.D. in educational psychology from the 
University of Illinois. One of the numer- 
ous subjects on which she has published 
and lectured is Black Language Patterns. 

She gave an example of how language 
can be misinterpreted: " Tou so ugly that 
when you were bom the doctor slapped 
your face,' says Bob. Well you so ugly that 
when you were bom the doctor slapped 
your momma,' rejoins Betty. 'At least my 
momma don't look like she snorted a bas- 
ketball,' adds Mary." These remarks are 
typical in the verbal duelling game "Play- 
ing the Dozens" that is popular in the 
black community. Marsha showed a para- 
graph about the game to a class and found 



that the white children thought it was 
about an angry shouting match, while the 
black children recognized the game. 

While in graduate school, Marsha met 
husband Larry Delain, an air traffic con- 
troller with the U.S. Air Force. TTie couple 
spent four years at Clark Air Force Base 
in the Philippines, and Marsha landed a 



men had to say in class — we could speak 
up. Now, my boss appreciates my ability 
to think independently and say what I 
think. It helps in a marriage too!" 

Marsha appreciates the fact that 
classes at Sweet Briar are taught by pro- 
fessors, unlike at large universities, and 
that the professors take a personal inter- 




Marsha Taylor-Delain 76 during February 1991 lecture at Sweet Briar 



job as a Family Support Specialist "My 
liberal arts degree gave me the flexibility 
to figure out what needed to be done. I 
organized courses on stress management, 
pre-marriage preparation, careers and 
assertiveness training. I did individual 
counseling and public relations." Marsha 
was named an Outstanding Young 
Woman of America in 1983 for her work 
at Clark AF Base. The 2/84 issue of ihe 
newspaper Philippine Flyer stated: "Dr. 
Delain is a woman for all seasons and 
she adds zest to the Family Support 
Program... [She] has vision — the ability to 
set high ideals and put them into practice." 
"All that I am, I owe to God and to my 
parents," said Marsha. Her parents, 
Samuel and Phyllis Taylor of Richmond, 
always stressed education, excellence and 
independence, and Marsha feels that SBC 
helped her to realize these dreams. "The 
College creates a climate of excellence 
thatyou will not often encounter." She also 
values the independence fostered at SBC. 
"We never had to wait to hear what the 



est in the students. The "faculty stars" 
in her eyes are Professor Byrd Stone '56 
in the education department, Allen 
Huszti, professor of music and Chuck Van 
Dyne, who taught psychology at SBC 
fi-om 1971-78. 

People still talk about Marsha's junior 
recital under the direction of her voice 
professor Allen Huszti, when she sang a 
medley of French, Italian and German 
songs and concluded with Negro spiritu- 
als. To everyone's delight, she was solo- 
ist with the alumnae choir at 1991*8 
Reunion chapel service. 

By Noreen Parker, Assistant Editor and 
Class Notes Editor Sweet Briar Aliminae 
Magazine. 



ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 





The Sonoran Desert is an unlikely 
siren. 

It's a region of searing sands, stark 
red rock mountains, blazing sun, 
ungainly plants covered with forbidding 
spines, peculiar animals. 

Here, one is confronted head-on by 
the most basic of elements: fire, water, 
stone, wind and sun. It's not an easy 
place for plants or animals, let alone 
humans, to live. Those who make it here 
have special adaptive techniques that 
permit survival in the face of almost 
impossible odds. 

And yet it's a land that can seduce, 
can reach out mysteriously to grab the 
unwary. It can be addictive, even in small 
doses. 



The Desert, 

THE Copper Baron 

AND THE Artist 




Preliminary sketches of pods used 
in the sculpture by the artist. 



Occupjang most of southern Arizona, 
the desert laps over into California, New 
Mexico and across the Rio Grande into 
Mexico. The area is filled (in the few 
places where it's full at all) with one-time 
visitors and fortune hunters who 
came for a quick look and got 
hooked — hooked on the desert 
and its wide open spaces, hooked 
on the eccentricities of flora and 
fauna that have the guts to live, 
grow and even bloom here, 
hooked on 360 days of sunshine 
and five days of torrential rains and 
floods each year. 
This is the story of the desert and 
two disparate individuals who got 
hooked — a copper mining magnate and 
a nice girl from Winnetka. The fact fliat 
the nice girl is a Sweet Briar graduate and 
an artist of some note has everything to 
do with the tale. 



BY CATHERINE BARNETT BROWN '49 



Copper baron "Colonel" William 
Boyce Thompson was a commanding 
figure. A poor boy from Montana, he 
rose in true Horatio Alger fashion to 
become one of the wealthiest men in 
America during the roaring twenties. 

"He was the strangest combination 
imaginable of go-getter and philosopher, 
grabber and philanthropist, realist and 
dreamer," wrote biographer Hermann 
Hagedom. As co-leader of a Red Cross 
mercy mission to Russia in 1917, 
Thompson was moved by the hunger, 
misery and suffering he saw there. He 
realized the importance of living plants 
as the ultimate source of all food, nearly 
all clothing and much shelter. He 
determined to build, near one of his 
copper mines, "the most beautiful and 
the most useful desert garden of its kind 
in the world." Among the Colonel's 
legacies are the Boyce Thompson 
Institute for Plant Research located on 
the Cornell University campus and the 
Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arbore- 
tum in Superior, Arizona 

The Arboretum daily welcomes 
visitors (nearly 100,000 annually), who 
arrive in tour buses, vans and private 
cars, their senses awhirl from the 
spectacular scenery of desert and rock 
formations through which they've just 
passed. They come to study and wonder 
at the more than 1500 species of plants, 
fi-om desert regions around the world, 
which thrive here in an outstanding 
thousand-acre botanical garden and 
research center. 

The Arboretum is cooperatively 
managed by a tripartite sponsorship of 
the Arizona State Parks Board, the 
University of Arizona and the Boyce 
Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, 
Inc. 

The approach to the winding trails of 
the garden itself is through a new 
visitors' center with a special passive air 
cooling system. Built of native stone, the 
facility houses a gift shop, information 
area and offices, all surrounding a shady 
atrium where plants are available for 
purchase. Weary sightseers can rest 
here and contemplate an unusual and 
intriguing coinposite bronze sculpture 
mounted on the stone wall. This is Ann 
Bannard's newest creation, "Life Cap- 
sules." 



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Ann Henderson Bannard '49 had a 
normal, happy childhood in Illinois. She 
grew up loving art, for which she showed 
early talent Her Sweet Briar major was 
religion but her extracurricular activities 
indicate the diversity of her interests; she 
worked with the Sweet Briar News, The 
Key, Briar Patch, Relief Committee, 
Personnel Committee, Paint & Patches 
and Friends of Art. 

After SBC, Ann graduated from the 
American Academy of Art in Chicago, 
married Yorke Bannard and raised two 
sons. It wasn't until the late '70s that Ann 
and Yorke succumbed to the lure of the 
great southwest They moved to Tucson, 
where Ann's artistic talent found inspira- 
tion, nurture and recognition. Sculpture 
became the medium that best expressed 
her ideas and her love for the shapes and 
textures of plants and animals. Using the 
inherent beauty of wood, stone, bronze, 
tile and glass, she has created a trail of 
evocative works; her sculptures are on 
public exhibition in universities, churches, 
zoos, parks, libraries and museums across 
America and in Europe. She has been 
honored with one-person shows in Tucson 
and Sante Fe, and recognized vsdth 
numerous appearances in invitational 
exhibitions throughout the Southwest 

Ann's vibrant "Life Capsules" at the 
Boyce Thompson Arboretum captures 
the vigor, tenacity and beauty of desert 
plant life. Her idea — to take desert seed 
pods and enlarge them so that they 
become "amazing images of themselves" 
— celebrates the simple/complex, 
commonplace/miraculous, essence of 
living things which have adapted 
successfully to not only survive, but 
thrive in a capricious environment 
Commenting on how she hopes people 
v^dll respond to the grouping of five 
patinated bronze forms, Ann has said, 
"Perhaps they will be more attentive to 
what they see when they go out into the 
desert and will have a new sense of 
wonder." 

The pods depicted in "life Capsules" 
are Mexican bird of paradise {caesalpenia 
mexicana), willow pittosporum 
(pittosporum phyllyraecides) , devil's claw 
(probiscidea parviflora), velvet mesquite 
iprosopis velvetina — the long pod) and 
Argentine mesquite (prosopisalba) .The 
dehiscent bird of paradise, when dry. 



pops open and throws its seeds, spiraling 
and shooting, far and wide. 

Dedication of the sculpture on April 
19, 1991 was a gala affair, featuring 
woodwind music, a southwestern buffet 
and tours of the Arboretum's desert 
garden. Among the attendees were Ann 
and her husband, an enthusiastic and 
supportive helpmate of his viife's 
ambitious work, and the couple's two 
sons and their waves. 

The Arboretum's Board of Directors 
was well represented, including Rose 
Mofford, former governor of Arizona, 
and Walter Brown, chairman of Sweet 
Briar's Board of Directors. 

Sweet Briar alumnae and friends of 
the artist came from as far as New Jersey 
and Virginia and from many parts of 



Santa Catalina mountains. 

Sweet Briar College and the south- 
western desert home of the Arboretum 
have this in common. . .once they grab 
you, they never, ever let you go! The 
highway that passes the Arboretum 
entrance in Superior, Arizona wends its 
way eastward directly to Amherst, 
Virginia! If s our old Route 60, believe it 
or not! 




Life Capsules, sculpture by Ann Bannard 



Arizona. Gathering for a mini reunion at 
the festivities were Bunny Bamett 
Brovm, Kitty Hart Belew and Margaret 
Towers Talman, all class of 1949; Jan 
Pehl Ettele '57 and husband Phil, 
Barbara Ripley Fumiss '42 and husband 
Todd, Elizabeth Barnes Bird '39, 
Gertrude Collins Calnan '26 and husband 
Eric and Leilani Green Gordon '67 and 
her four-year-old daughter, Amy, a 
prospect for the Class of 2009! Louise 
Swiecki Zingaro '80, director of the 
Alumnae Association and Nancy Godwin 
Baldvrai '57, editor of the alumnae 
magazine, represented the College and 
brought greetings from President Hill. 
Undoubtedly the spirit of Boyce 
Thompson was present also, standing 
beside the diminutive sculptress as she 
talked about the creation of "Life 
Capsules." 

Later, some of the group motored to 
Tucson to enjoy visiting Sabino Canyon, 
the St Xavier Mission, and then, for a 
special finale, a sunset gathering at the 
Bannards' hillside home overlooking the 




Walter Brown, Ann Bannard and Bunny Brown 
for a moment, following tfie dedication festivity 



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ALUMNAE MAGAZINE 



This issue of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine 
coincides approximately with the first anniversary 
of the new Germany created by the amalgamation 
of the old Federal Republic of Germany (West 
Germany) and the former German Democratic 
Republic (East Germany). Last January overflow 
crowds attended the series of Winter Forums in 
which the "New Germany" was considered from a 
variety of angles. The series began with comments 
by Professor Fritz Stern, Columbia University. Pro- 
fessor Stern, a distinguished scholar of modern 
German history, argued that the recreated Germany 
was, indeed, a different Germany from previous ver- 
sions, and that Germany deserves "a second 
chance" to put its enormous potential to good use. 

My focus, in the second session, was on the 
German Revolution of 1 989. While I had much to 
say about the events of the Revolution and the ex- 
traordinary personal courage displayed by the thou- 
sands of participants, I also attempted to explain 
why East Germans, once the communists had been 
stripped of power, moved so quicl<ly toward unifi- 
cation with West Germany. Essentially, it involved a 
large number of people who, after forty years of so- 
cialist experiments, wanted something they could 
count on. 

In the third session. Professor Wayne Thomp- 
son, V.M.I., provided a masterful analysis 
of the unification process undertaken by Chancel- 
lor Helmut Kohl in 1 990. He emphasized that Chan- 
cellor Kohl had risen to the challenge presented by 
the possibility of unification. Kohl's was not the only 
method, perhaps not the best method, but he saw 
it through, despite formidable domestic and inter- 
national obstacles. 

It is not tal<ing away anything from the first three 
contributors to the Winter Forums to say that the 
fourth, Frau Karin Fleischhacker, a professional 
translator ft-om East Beriin, presented the most en- 
thralling session. What follows is a summary of her 
remari<s. It is not possible, of course, to reproduce 
all that made her talk so fascinating and enlighten- 
ing, but I hope that it conveys something of the ex- 
periences that she and other citizens of the former 
German Democratic Republic had in the years of 
its existence. Each person has his or her own story, 
but Frau Reischhacker's provides insights into the 
history of the GDR that historical analyses as such 
will most likely not be able to make available. 

Using Frau Reischhacker's notes for her talk, I 
produced the autobiographical essay that follows. 
Frau Fleischhacker then revised my draft. It is, how- 
ever, very much her own story. I have only con- 
densed it and supplied some of the phrasing. 

BY MICHAEL D. RICHARDS 
Hattie Mae Samford Professor of History,SBC 



WINTER FORUMS 1991: 

The New Germany 



First of all, you should know 
that I was bom only a few 
years after the founding of 
the German Democratic 
Republic. I come from 
Pomerania, on the Baltic Sea 
and near the border with Poland. The 
fact that I was both a good student and 
came from a working class family 
allowed me to pursue my interests in 
languages through study in high school 
and, eventually, Humboldt University in 
Berlin. Since I was brought up in the 
socialist spirit, the Cold War, the 
confrontation between East and West, 
seemed very real and quite near to me. 

I came to Berlin in 1970 in part 
because it was the GDR's largest city 
and the only one with a real interna- 
tional flair. The Wall had been in place 
for nine years. Since I was not a native 
Berliner and had not known Berlin 
without the Wall, I did not have that 
much trouble accepting it and going on 
with my life. East Berlin, our Berlin, was 
all we knew. The other Berlin might as 
well have been in outer space. 

like many Americans, I participated 
in a junior year abroad program, in my 
case at the Maiuice Thorez State 
Foreign Language Institute in Moscow. 
It was an eye-opening experience for 
me. We thought of the Soviet Union as 
the GDR's big brother, the source of 
knowledge and experience that would 
help us in our country. It was disappoint- 
ing to see how the system actiaally 
worked, or should I say did not work. In 
personal terms, however, it was a 
wonderful, rewarding year. I loved 
getting to know the people. 

Back in Berlin to finish my stijdies, I 
met my first Americans in the spring of 
1974. 1 formed a lifelong friendship with 
one woman. My big dream in later years 
was coming to America after my 
retirement at age sixty and going on a 
long trip with her through Arizona, New 
Mexico, Utah and the rest of the 



Southwest Now we see each other 
nearly every day. We both live in 
Venice, California; my husband is 
presentiy doing cancer research at 
UCLA 

For a number of years after gradua- 
tion from Humboldt University I was a 




Frau Karin Reischhacker 



It's only now... that I 
have a chance to put 
the disappearance of 
my country and my old 
way of life into some 
kind of perspecthfe. 



professional translator. This gave me a 
chance to travel widely, not only in 
Western Europe but also in Ethiopia, 
India, and Cuba, something that most 
citizens of the GDR could never hope to 
do. As a translator, I met many of the top 
officials of my country. Not too long 



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after I left the university, I met my 
husband. We have two children, a boy 
and a girl. 

hi 1986, after a long period of 
deliberation, I decided to join the 
Socialist Unity party (the proper name 
for the communist party in the GDR) . 
Like many East Germans, I was critical 
of the system but basically in favor of it 
I thought, no doubt naively, that my best 
prospects for changing the system lay in 
joining the party and working from 
within. 

By 1989, when I was on home leave 
after the birth of our second child, both 
my husband and I were quite depressed 
by the developments of the last few 
years. The country seemed to be locked 
into a downward spiral. We had serious 
discussions about giving up and leaving 
the country. I can remember crying in 
front of the TV as I watched news 
reports about the thousands of my 
countrymen fleeing East Germany via 
Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia. 
Erich Honecker, then head of the party 
and the government, claimed that we 
didn't shed any tears for those who were 
leaving, but we did. 

I worked as a translator during the 
40th anniversary celebrations in 
October 1989. It was the last assignment 
I intended to take unless there were 
drastic changes in the country. It is 
difficult for me to give a proper impres- 
sion of those events. In a sense, I was 
delirious. I felt I had a personal responsi- 
bility to do something, to use my 
position as a translator to do something 
dramatic. In the end, I did not martyr 
myself, although I spoke very openly to 
a group of Swiss delegates, dangerous 
enough in itself. One of my last memo- 
ries of the festivities is of people dancing 
the can-can while outside police clashed 
with demonstrators. It was all like 
something Kafka might have written. 

If s only now, more than a year after 
those surreal armiversary celebrations, 
that I have a chance to put the disap- 
pearance of my country and my old way 
of life into some kind of perspective. The 
Revolution itself was a period of eupho- 
ria, of great hope for the future. Partici- 
pating in the massive demonstrations in 
Berlin on 4 November 1989 with 
hundreds of thousands of other people 



was a big moment for me and my family. 
Since then I have gone through so many 
stages, more than enough for a lifetime, 
let alone a single year! I was dismayed, 
angered actually, by the results of the 
elections of March 1990, which clearly 
showed that a majority of East Germans 
wanted unification with West Germany. 
After I visited America for the first time 
in the summer of 1990, 1 wanted nothing 
more than to c